Doug’s Owen his new role to his chats with Coyle


NEW Bolton man­ager Dougie Freed­man has re­vealed a chat with pre­de­ces­sor Owen Coyle was an im­por­tant fac­tor in him choos­ing the Reebok po­si­tion.

Freed­man left a Crys­tal Palace side fly­ing high in the Cham­pi­onship last week to take the reins at Wan­der­ers.

But Coyle clearly har­bours no ill-feel­ing to­wards the club he steered to a 2011 FA Cup semi-fi­nal, hav­ing given his com­pa­triot a glow­ing as­sess­ment.

“Owen’s a good man, I’ve known him for many years and he spoke very highly of the club,” said Freed­man,

“He was thrilled that I got the call. He was, with­out push­ing me to­wards the job, telling me just how good a club it was.

“He said ‘you’ve got a good squad – they are un­der­per­form­ing’.

“He had a lot of good words to say about the club. It’s nice when you can talk to an ex-man­ager who doesn’t muddy the wa­ter and tells you how it is.

“He’s a good man so that was im­por­tant in my de­ci­sion.”


Freed­man’s par­al­lels with Coyle – a young, highly-rated but largely un­tried man­ager upon his ap­point­ment by Bolton – have not sat eas­ily with sec­tions of the Trot­ters’ sup­port who would have wanted a more ex­pe­ri­enced se­lec­tion.

Also, Freed­man leaves a club, in Palace, where he was a crowd hero dur­ing his play­ing days.

As such, the move to the north west could be seen as an un­due risk for a tal­ented prospect who took on Palace as his first man­age­rial as­sign­ment last Jan­uary.

Freed­man cer­tainly does not see it that way.

“I don’t do this to prove peo­ple wrong,” the 38-year-old added.

“In life the only risk is not to take a risk.

“If I go through my man­age­ment ca­reer never tak­ing a risk then we may as well pack up right now.

“At Palace we had a good at­mos­phere around the place, so that should hope­fully give me the start­ing tools that I need to take this club for­ward.”

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