I will fix Bolton Wanderers - Dougie Freedman
DOUGIE Freedman has delivered a defiant message to the Wanderers fans as he worked hard to bring in two new loan signings before tomorrow’s clash with Yeovil Town.
Despite a woeful start to the campaign the Whites boss insists he can turn things around and transform the club into play-off contenders.
A big part of that plan appears to hinge on incoming deals, however, and after signing Leicester City’s Neil Danns on a three-month deal yesterday, the Scot is now hoping to add more Championship experience to his ranks as quickly as possible.
“I am very disappointed with how things have gone,” he told The Bolton News. “But I understand exactly what has gone wrong and I also know exactly how to fix it.
“We’re still working on getting more of the right characters in. That doesn’t mean I’m doubting the players we’ve got right now, I just feel that after relegation from the Premiership and then a run of games where we went on a run last season, some of the players are finding it difficult to find the right attitude right now.
“They are thinking ‘well, we should still be up there.’ I just think they need a bit of help because it doesn’t happen that easily.
“We need to use the loan market to full effect – hopefully with one or two others – to help the current players with the situation we find ourselves in.”
Freedman appears to have been given the green light from owner Eddie Davies to bring players in despite the club suffering its worst start to a league campaign in more than a century.
Cash has been tight to this point but the manager claims that the addition of a few seasoned Championship players is a must if Wanderers are to start climbing the table.
“We are still trying to balance the books but bringing in Neil Danns in, it was because we needed it,” he added. “The board have supported the right type of player coming to the football club.”
After the arrival of energetic midfielder Danns yesterday - a move that came as some surprise to Whites fans expecting defensive additions - it appears the next two signings through the door could be those who strengthen the back line.
Freedman has a lack of cover in both full-back positions and with Tim Ream playing a holding midfield role, is down to three fit centre-halves.