Dougie Freedman Leaves Bolton Wanderers

  • October 03, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Dougie Freedman has been sacked as Bolton Wanderers manager, after an ill-fated two-year spell in charge.

The decision to wield the axe was made by Bolton chairman Phil Gartside, following a dismal start to the season which has seen Wanderers pick up just five points from their opening 10 Championship games.

Supporters ran onto the pitch and protested against the manager during last weekend's 2-0 defeat at home to Derby County, while Wednesday's 4-0 defeat at Fulham proved to be the final nail in the coffin for a man who had been quickly losing support over the last 12 months.

A statement from Gartside on the club's official website read: "Dougie has worked tirelessly off the field to improve the infrastructure of the football club. Unfortunately, recent results on the pitch have not reflected all his work off it.

"The club has faced a difficult time following our relegation from the Premier League and Dougie has helped to restructure the club in order for it to become successful again under ever-tightening constraints.

"I would like to thank Dougie personally for all his commitment and efforts for Bolton Wanderers."

Freedman was appointed manager of Wanderers on October 25, 2012, after an 18-month spell in charge at Crystal Palace.

He made a solid start to his reign, remaining unbeaten in his first six games, but things soon began to turn as Wanderers saw themselves deep in a relegation battle going into February. However, a superb run of late-season form saw the club climb the table - missing out on a play-off position by virtue of an inferior goal difference, to Leicester City.

Despite suffering a setback in their quest to return to the top-flight, Wanderers began the 2013/14 campaign as one of the favourites to secure automatic promotion. But, in reality, things didn't go according to plan, as Bolton made their worst start to a league season in 111 years.

Relegation was once again a realistic prospect by the time February came around, but the loan signings of Lukas Jutkiewicz and Joe Mason proved to be a major asset as they helped the club finish in a comfortable 14th place.

With financial results for the previous year revealing a debt of £163.8million, constraints on transfers meant expectations were somewhat lower at the start of this season. Despite that, and Freedman's obvious long-term strategy for the club, Wanderers' on-field performances deteriorated so much that they face an uphill struggle to lift the gloom and pull themselves away from trouble - even at this early stage.

Bolton's return of five points from 10 games has left them in 23rd position, four points adrift of safety. They play host to Bournemouth on Saturday, with any one of combination of Jimmy Phillips, David Lee and/or Jamie Fullarton expected to take charge on a temporary basis, ahead of the upcoming international break.

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