Dougie Freedman confident he will get it right after Bolton Wanderers' worst start in 50 years
HE has no cash for new signings and problems mounting on the pitch – but Dougie Freedman has insisted that he will get it right at Wanderers.
Bookmakers have made the Glaswegian favourite to be the next Championship manager to leave his post after Saturday’s home defeat against Leeds United, the latest in what now amounts to the club’s worst start to a league campaign for 50 years.
Wanderers were left to rue another defensive error, leading to Luke Varney’s early winner for the Elland Road men, before looking toothless in front of goal for the rest of a frustrating afternoon.
It was not until Darren Pratley’s 92nd-minute effort that Leeds keeper Paddy Kenny was forced into a save, at which point the Whites had put 13 efforts wide of goal.
Freedman confirmed after the game that he was not close to bringing in reinforcements, nor had he received offers for any of his players to clear space in a tight budget.
But the manager was adamant results will soon change.
“We are playing decent stuff in patches which doesn’t suggest that this will go on too much longer,” he said after the game. “But when you are in this position you can’t concede after seven minutes. You have to be stronger.
“Right now every single small mistake that can be punished is being punished.
“That has got to stop and when it is we get back to clean sheets and we attack with a bit more freedom.
“It is disappointing for myself and I said in my programme notes that I am surprised about where we are right now.
“When I look around we are still playing decent stuff and there are still one or two decent performances but we have got to do that together.”
Freedman made four changes to his team, dropping Ty Mears, David Wheater, Medo Kamara and Jermaine Beckford and bringing back Marc Tierney, Matt Mills, Chris Eagles and Tim Ream.
He stuck with skipper Zat Knight, however, only to take him off on the hour mark for Beckford as he chased the game.
Freedman later passed off the significance of the decision, or what it might mean looking ahead to tomorrow’s clash with Derby County, stating: “I’m very comfortable choosing players and making changes.”
But the manager did admit he would look at his limited selection options ahead of the Rams clash.
“I have to look at myself and see if I picked the right team, and that is how we change it,” he said.
“I tried to change one or two positions.
“I think Mills did well, Ream came back and did well, young Robert (Hall) looked good.
“I don’t have a lot of options but that’s what we are trying to do.”