LENNIE ADVICE WILL BE AID FOR DOUGIE
I’M SURE Dougie Freedman will be very concerned that Bolton have only two points from their first four, especially having finished so strongly last season.
Although they missed out on the play-offs, fans’ hopes and expectations went through the roof for the new season and, when you don’t get an early win, that really starts to weigh on you.
To compound matters, Dougie also has to watch his old club Crystal Palace gracing the Premier League!
To my eyes, Bolton had the best squad in the Championship last season. But now they don’t appear to be gelling.
No doubt certain players, when they come down from the Premier League, are seriously shocked by the pace and commitment shown in the Championship.
It is the fiercest division in Europe for me and it doesn’t relent. When I was in the Premier League, there were European games, international breaks, let ups all over the place. Everybody got a break.
Here, it’s 100 per cent intensity and I’m sure that plenty of players who perform well in the Premier League can’t cope with it.
Perhaps that’s why the three teams who came down last year struggled so badly, and why Bolton are still struggling now.
It’s a big test for Dougie, who I’m sure will be leaning on the experienced Lennie Lawrence, his assistant.
Lennie has been in this situation plenty of times and he’ll be saying ‘Listen, it’s only three games – we haven’t been firing on all cylinders but one good victory will see us up and away’. I’m sure that’s the message they’ll be instilling in the players.