Dougie Freedman: I'm up for the fight to lift Bolton Wanderers
WANDERERS manager Dougie Freedman is ready to scrap to steer Wanderers clear of the Championship’s bottom three.
A fifth defeat of the campaign at Brighton on Saturday increased the pressure on the Scot whose side prop up the division with a return of just three points from eight games.
But having been through a relegation dogfight before in his early managment days at previous club Crystal Palace, Freedman is no stranger to Wanderers’ current predicament.
And he has an unwavering belief things will turn around at the Reebok just as he did after replacing Owen Coyle as manager 11 months ago.
Freedman said: “I served my apprenticeship at Crystal Palace in a relegation battle so I know exactly what we have to do.
“At the moment it is difficult for everybody involved at Bolton Wanderers and there is no doubt about that.
“We have to start winning football matches which will breed confidence.
“We are lacking in confidence and we need to go back to basics. We are slipping over in certain matches but we are certainly not falling down.
“The good thing is these players can win football matches if they are focused and their concentration is for 95 minutes, not 80 or 70.
“We turned things around last season and gathered some momentum – I know we can do that again.”
Freedman’s record at the helm shows how much of a mixed back his tenure has been with just one more win than defeat and as many draws as victories.
He has overseen 47 games – winning 16 and losing 15.
But whether his side is on the verge of the play-offs, like it was six months ago, or down the bottom of the table as it currently is, the 39-year-old Glaswegian is not prepared to ditch his footballing philosophy.
He added: “I come in every day and work very hard.
“I had the same feeling last season with a game to go and we were in sixth and the same feeling when we were 18th and we went to Watford.
“The feeling is I know we are prepared, we work hard and we play the right type of football.
“I have the right philosophy in trying to get younger players in.
“Results are never going to go your way all the time but that won’t stop me doing what I am doing.
“So, I don’t have a different feeling from day to day.”