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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