Dougie takes Trot­ters hot­seat

Midweek Sport - - ON THE NOSE - By GRA­HAM CHASE

BOLTON have swooped to ap­point a new man­ager af­ter Dougie Freed­man de­cided to spread his wings and leave Crys­tal Palace.

The Ea­gles boss was given per­mis­sion to speak to the Trot­ters on Mon­day af­ter an ini­tial ap­proach was re­jected by the Sel­hurst Park club.

And yes­ter­day he agreed a deal at the Reebok – tak­ing over from his fel­low Scot Owen Coyle, who was sacked ear­lier this month.

Hav­ing been un­able to keep Bolton in the Premier League last term, Coyle presided over just three wins from the club’s open­ing 11 games.

Freed­man, 38, emerged as first choice to re­place Coyle af­ter Mick McCarthy turned the job down last week.

The for­mer Ea­gles striker was named their man­ager on a per­ma­nent ba­sis in Jan­uary 2011 and guided the club to a League Cup semi-fi­nal last sea­son.

Palace co-chair­man Steve Parish is frus­trated to lose Freed­man and re­vealed the club made their best of­fer to con­vince him to re­main at Sel­hurst Park.

He said: “I thought it was ex­cit­ing times ahead, but it’s not to be. We have got to move on and get a man­ager as soon as pos­si­ble.

“It may boil down to more funds avail­able and a bet­ter chance of pro­mo­tion.

“I think that’s what most dis­cus­sions cen­tred around.”

Palace as­sis­tant boss Len­nie Lawrence and first-team coach Cur­tis Flem­ing took charge for the game against Barns­ley last night.

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