Dougie Freedman is the new manager of Bolton Wanderers. Welcome Dougie – rest assured our podcast will soon furnish you with a terrible musical tribute, and do its best to get behind you in the years to come. We hope it turns into a long and happy relationship.
Anyway, yesterday I penned a blog saying Mr Freedman wouldn’t come to Bolton because of his ties to Crystal Palace – but I was wrong. To be honest, as soon as Palace granted permission to speak with Bolton, Dougie was a freed man – and he has chosen to head up the M1, onto the M6, then the M62, then the M60, and finally the M61 to the Reebok.
He may have taken a different route.
Anyway, the point is we have a new manager, and every Bolton fan should get behind the 38-year-old Glaswegian, and help make this the start of a new era of success. Come on You Whites!
Now, we know that Freedman lacks experience. And at present, more experienced number 2 Lennie Lawrence remains at Selhurst Park, taking charge of Crystal Palace tonight.
However, what he lacks in experience, he makes up for in potential. He took Palace to the semi final of the league cup, and led them to fourth in the table this season after steering them away from relegation in previous years. I admit, it’s not much to go on – and listeners to our podcast will know that we advocated a far more experienced managerial appointment – but, as fans it’s our job to support.
Following the appointments of Lee, Megson and Coyle to the BWFC managerial hot-seat, chairman Phil Gartside needs a successful manager. In fact, if Freedman fails, it will ask serious quesitons of the Bolton board.
But those questions are for aother day. Tonight – let’s cheer our hearts out against Wolves. Bolton are entering a new era – and you every Bolton fan is a vital part. Bring. It. On.