Dougie’s a Freed-man now… Bolton sack Scot after wretched start to season

Bolton Wanderers have sacked manager Dougie Freedman after a horror start to the season.

Freedman’s position had been under increasing pressure after just one win from their opening ten league games.  

Ahead of Saturday’s clash with Bournemouth, chairman Phil Gartside announced the news in a statement on the club’s website while also saying the regular Friday press conference had been cancelled.

“Dougie has worked tirelessly off the field to improve the infrastructure of the football club,” said Gartside.

“Unfortunately, recent results on the pitch have not reflected all his work off it.

“The club have faced a difficult time following 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 his commitment and efforts for Bolton Wanderers.”

Bolton are languishing at second from bottom in the Championship table with a mere five points, their latest defeat coming in a 4-0 drubbing against Fulham on Wednesday.

Freedman replaced Owen Coyle at Wanderers in October 2012 after leaving his post at Crystal Palace but has struggled to help guide the club back to the Premier League.

In his two years at the club, Freedman’s record is not great, having only won 34, drawn 33 and lost 34.

Speculation will now mount as to who will replace Freedman, with the club’s youth team coach Jimmy Phillips the early 5/2 favourite at Sky bet.  

Malky Mackay is second favourite at 12/1 along with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, with  Ole Gunnar Solsksjaer priced at 20/1 after recently been sacked from Cardiff City. 

Main image courtesy of Bolton Wanderers FC via YouTube, with thanks.

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