Bolton Wanderers spell over for Dougie Freedman

Bolton Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman

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Dougie Freedman has ended his spell as manager of Bolton by mutual consent following a disastrous start to the new Championship season in which his side have won just one of their first 10 games.

Wanderers have dropped to second-bottom in the table ahead of Blackpool following Wednesday night’s 4-0 thrashing at fellow-strugglers Fulham and look set for a battle to avoid the drop into League One this season.

As a result, the club and 40-year-old Scot, who took over at the Macron Stadium almost two years ago when he left a Crystal Palace side that was on course for promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs, have decided to part company with immediate effect.

On Freedman, who could only guide the club to a disappointing 14th position last season, Bolton chairman Phil Gartside said on the club’s website: “Dougie has worked tirelessly off the field to improve the infrastructure of the football club. Unfortunately, recent results on the pitch have not reflected all his work off it.

“The club has faced a difficult time following our relegation from the Premier League and Dougie has helped to restructure the club in order for it to become successful again under ever-tightening constraints.

“I would like to thank Dougie personally for all his commitment and efforts for Bolton Wanderers.

“Bolton Wanderers would like to thank Dougie for all his hard work and effort during his time with the club.”

Bolton start life without Freedman with a visit of Bournemouth to the Macron Stadium on Saturday. The Trotters are 3.20 to get their second win of the season, the Cherries are 2.14 and the draw is 3.33.

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