Freedman: 'I Knew I'd Made a Mistake' Joining Bolton

  • May 29, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Dougie Freedman has revealed his regret of becoming manager of Bolton, claiming he knew he'd made a mistake on his first day.

After making the difficult decision to leave Crystal Palace, Freedman was appointed as the successor to Owen Coyle at Wanderers in October 2012.

He guided the club for two years before his dismissal in October 2014 and when pressed for an opinion on his departure from Selhurst Park, Freedman admitted he knew he'd made the wrong decision but felt the need to prove himself wrong.

"It was the wrong decision and I do regret it," Freedman told Holmesdale Radio.

"It was made by myself, and only me. I wasn't forced or pushed.

"Looking back, I sometimes question myself. I was very ambitious, strong-willed and could not take a no.

"I thought I was King Kong and could fight the world - it's my way or no way.

"The disappointing thing for me is the decision was only made over 24 hours. I didn't have enough time to think and that's what happens in football sometimes.

"Bolton had made an enquiry, paid a fee and were given a license to talk. I spoke to Phil Gartside and he played me, told me everything that I wanted to hear and my decision was made.

"I went in the following day, told Steve Parish and said goodbye to the lads at the training ground. There was a lot of tears - I drove out of the training ground and cried all the way up to Bolton.

"I thought I should turn around but my stubborn head said no. I knew I'd made a mistake and I knew that on my first day at Bolton. My first training session, around a week later, I knew I'd made a mistake.

"But the person I am, the person I still am, that's just me. Sometimes I get it wrong, sometimes I get it right - that's just me."

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