Dougie Freedman: No regrets about leaving Crystal Palace for Bolton Wanderers
7:00am Monday 16th September 2013 in Sport
DEFIANT Dougie Freedman has denied having any regrets about quitting Crystal Palace to manage Bolton Wanderers.
On the day his former club, who won promotion to the top flight under his successor Ian Holloway, locked horns with the champions, Manchester United, in the Premier League’s lunchtime showcase match in front of a 75,000 Old Trafford crowd, Freedman saw his players booed off by their own fans at the Reebok after a fourth consecutive Championship defeat.
Losing 1-0 to Leeds United left the Whites with just two points from a possible 18 and it is only by virtue of Millwall having shipped five goals at home to Derby County – who are next up at the Reebok tomorrow night – that they are not rock bottom of the table.
Freedman, who has since been installed by bookies as favourite to be the next Championship manager sacked this season, admitted to being concerned but not unduly worried at this stage about his team’s plight.
But he said there was no doubt in his mind that he did the right thing when he left high-flying Palace 11 months ago to succeed Owen Coyle when Wanderers were also struggling, and he is confident he will emerge from the current situation a better, stronger manager.
“A big lesson for you – never think back in sport,” he said at the suggestion he might be having second thoughts. “You think back and you’ll be saying ‘what if?’ for the rest of your life.
“At the time it was the right decision to come to this football club. Still, right now, it’s the right decision to come to this football club.
“I’m a manager, a young manager that’s still learning his trade. I’m right in amongst it, right in it.
“I’ll learn a lot right now. It’s an experience that I will pull through and it will make me a stronger manager and a stronger coach. And that’s why I did it (switched jobs); to test myself.”