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Crystal Palace confirm Dougie Freedman leaves to take up manager’s job at Bolton Wanderers

By Barrie White

Championship side Crystal Place have confirmed Dougie Freedman has left the club to take up the reigns at Bolton Wanderers.

The 38-year-old replaces Owen Coyle, who was sacked after a string of poor results left Bolton near the foot of the table.

He is not expected to be in the dugout for Bolton’s trip to former club Wolves tonight, with academy coach Jimmy Phillips in charge of team affairs at Molineux, after making a winning start against Bristol City at the weekend.

Freedman, who caught the eye when Palace beat Bolton at the Reebok earlier this season, was in the last stages of his deal at Selhurst Park.

The South London club granted the Scot permission to talk to Bolton chairman Phil Gartside, who convinced the former Nottingham Forest striker his future lay in the North West.

It is believed he has signed a three-year deal, worth around £1.5 million.

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