Dougie Freedman says some Bolton Wanderers players may not handle the truth
DOUGIE Freedman admits he does not know how some of his underperforming players will react after laying down a hard line in the dressing room.
The Whites boss delivered some home truths after his side could only muster a point against Yeovil Town last weekend and then made five changes to the team that faced Blackpool on Tuesday night, grinding out a 0-0 draw.
Freedman has been reluctant to criticise individuals despite a 10-match winless run, but admitted in the build-up to this afternoon’s clash with Birmingham City that he had broke from character to deliver a few choice wors.
Now the Scot is waiting to see how the players involved respond both at St Andrew’s this lunchtime and in training through the international break.
“I still don’t think shouting and bawling works – I’ve got four kids and they don’t take a blind bit of notice of that kind of thing, so I know,” Freedman told The Bolton News.
“I think being honest with people is the best trait you can have as a manager. People need to know where they are.
“Some players don’t like honesty, they can’t handle the truth to use the movie line, so you need to be careful how you say things.
“But especially after the Yeovil game we had a few truthful moments that needed to come out and that maybe changed their minds a bit. Some of them will know now that they don’t have a manager who will just say things privately, sometimes it needs to be done in front of team-mates because it’s deserved.”
Chris Eagles, David Ngog and Chung-Yong Lee were the senior stars axed for the Blackpool game, while Zat Knight, Darren Pratley and Medo Kamara have also spent time on the bench in recent weeks.
Freedman is trying everything he can to shake a response from a group of players whose performances since August have been far short of his own expectations.
“We have players who are capable of going and winning a game for us, and have that individual skill, but at the moment some are struggling with the intensity you need in the Championship,” he said.
“We have made a few changes and brought a couple of different characters to the group and I think people will see we turned a corner on Tuesday night at Blackpool.
“I am not comfortable with the position we are in but I will not allow it to continue.”