Rover and out - end of the road for dead wood Bolton Wanderers stars after Blackburn Rovers disaster
DOUGIE Freedman will swing the axe on a handful of his under-performing stars after Saturday’s derby disaster at Blackburn Rovers.
Despite saying there would be no further business in the transfer window on Friday the dreadful 4-1 defeat at Ewood Park has served as the final straw for the irate Wanderers boss.
Crystal Palace defender Paddy McCarthy has been mentioned as a possible target – although if players cannot be moved on it seems likely that Wanderers will wait until the loan window opens up next week to seek reinforcements.
Such was Freedman’s disappointment at the performance – which saw the Whites sink to the bottom of the Championship table for the first time in 20 years – he vowed to work solidly for the next 24 hours to ship out those players he felt were not pulling their weight.
“We have got to get personnel in who want to be in the team and want to fight for the team,” he said. “You saw today there were individuals out there who were more concerned with their own back rather than others. And that is disappointing.
“I have always felt we need to keep on recruiting.
“If we don’t, people might not want to come to the football club.
“I have never changed my mind; we just need the ability to do that. I will be doing my very best to change things round.”
Freedman has worked hard to reduce the wage bill and the average age of the squad but has found some players impossible to shift.
Trying to integrate them into his plans in the first five games appears to have backfired – leaving the Whites boss just one more day to try and get rid of the dead wood.
“I have been trying to do that since the day I got here,” he raged. “But when people are on long contracts and so much money then it is very difficult to try and move them on.
“What you have to try and do is work them on the training ground to get the best out of them. I think we are doing that but their best isn’t good enough.”