Bolton Wanderers stand by manager Dougie Freedman

Dougie Freedman at Elland Road on Saturday

Dougie Freedman at Elland Road on Saturday

First published in Sport The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , chief football writer

WANDERERS will stand by under-fire boss Dougie Freedman despite pressure intensifying on his position after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Leeds United.

It is understood the Scot will remain in charge of the club through the forthcoming international break, and plans are in place to secure two new signings when the loan window reopens in a fortnight.

Freedman is unlikely to do any business before today’s transfer deadline unless an offer is made for one of his squad.

But the Whites boss is still planning for the future despite a result on Saturday that leaves the club three points adrift in the Championship relegation zone after five games.

Owner Eddie Davies and chairman Phil Gartside watched on at Elland Road as Stephen Warnock sunk his former side with a 16th minute strike.

The defeat signalled an outpouring of discontent from readers of The Bolton News, demanding action be taken to arrest the worst start to a campaign since 1984.

Freedman spoke confidently about his position after the final whistle and believes he has the backing of Davies and Gartside to turn round the poor start.

“I completely understand that people have got their own opinions,” he said. “We’re in one thinking process at the top. They understand where we are and what we’re trying to do.

“I have been asked to do a job and that’s to lower the wage bill but also try and keep the football club moving forward. It’s very difficult.”

Wanderers missed a clutch of chances at Leeds, dominating much of the game but emerged empty handed for the fourth time in five matches.

A desperately disappointed Freedman conceded the hard-luck tales are starting to wear thin.

“We can’t keep on saying we should have won, or maybe, or could have,” he said.

“The reality is one point from 15 but looking at that game, I don’t think there is a lot wrong.

“I’m disappointed with the goal but we didn’t go into our shell, we responded.

“There was enough energy there, desire in our approach play, the energy was very good.

“There were chances around the box but we didn’t take them.

“The flip side of that reality is that we’re not a team that is going to sit back and accept a defeat.”

Meanwhile, Freedman has been asked by the Scottish Football Association to lend a hand in Tuesday’s Under-19s friendly against the Czech Republic.

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10:25am Mon 1 Sep 14

William2701 says...

Bad news for BWFC fans. Gartside and Freedman are leading the club to League 1. We were 12 months late in sacking Owen Coyle and cannot afford to do the same again. The club cannot afford League 1 football. Gartside and Freedman out NOW!
Bad news for BWFC fans. Gartside and Freedman are leading the club to League 1. We were 12 months late in sacking Owen Coyle and cannot afford to do the same again. The club cannot afford League 1 football. Gartside and Freedman out NOW! William2701
  • Score: 41

10:58am Mon 1 Sep 14

Paul Hindley says...

total complacency from a anonymous board of directors , owner and chairman.

this gutless spineless manager has to go NOW.

This current team is unrecognisable from the fighting spirit of teams wearing the white shirt in the recent past.

the whole club is a shambles and an insult to the loyal fan base that demand action is taken.
total complacency from a anonymous board of directors , owner and chairman. this gutless spineless manager has to go NOW. This current team is unrecognisable from the fighting spirit of teams wearing the white shirt in the recent past. the whole club is a shambles and an insult to the loyal fan base that demand action is taken. Paul Hindley
  • Score: 53

12:53pm Mon 1 Sep 14

aydeepee says...

Unbelievable.
Gartside says that 'first and foremost he's a BW fan' - well if he was he'd be sorting this out.
However, he dallied with Coyle (bearing in mind it took less than 2 mths for Dave Whelan to see through him) and hes managed the finances to a £160m debt - so backing Freedman is very true to form
Unbelievable. Gartside says that 'first and foremost he's a BW fan' - well if he was he'd be sorting this out. However, he dallied with Coyle (bearing in mind it took less than 2 mths for Dave Whelan to see through him) and hes managed the finances to a £160m debt - so backing Freedman is very true to form aydeepee
  • Score: 17

2:31pm Mon 1 Sep 14

prestonexile says...

How many games is it going to take for the penny to drop with Mr Gartside, 10, 20, 30, or relegation. There is no sign that Dougie Freedman can turn things round this time. The defence is shaky and threadbare, conceding 2 goals a game average. The midfield is weak, and the strikers can't find the net despite numerous chances. Any one of these factors would be a cause for concern, but all three at once is catastrophic. Generally the quality of play so far has been dire and we are miles behind virtually every other team in the Championship with regard to possession, passing and movement. Mr Gartside is taking an enormous gamble with the future of the club, and Division 1 looks a certainty for next season.
How many games is it going to take for the penny to drop with Mr Gartside, 10, 20, 30, or relegation. There is no sign that Dougie Freedman can turn things round this time. The defence is shaky and threadbare, conceding 2 goals a game average. The midfield is weak, and the strikers can't find the net despite numerous chances. Any one of these factors would be a cause for concern, but all three at once is catastrophic. Generally the quality of play so far has been dire and we are miles behind virtually every other team in the Championship with regard to possession, passing and movement. Mr Gartside is taking an enormous gamble with the future of the club, and Division 1 looks a certainty for next season. prestonexile
  • Score: 13

5:39pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Jaybwfc says...

No surprise really, is gartside really going to admit that he got it wrong for the 4th time and sack deluded dougie?? Eddie needs to grow some and sack gartside, he is the root cause of our problems. How can a director accumulate debts up to 160 million pound and remain in a job?? And he took earnings of 821k out of Bolton wanderers last year. Between coyle freedman and gartside we are destroyed as a club, it's currently the worst football I have ever seen from a Bolton team, no passion, togetherness, leadership, direction at all. Dougie does not get respect from the players and he has lost the fans now too. I for one will not be going until the current load of **** are gone
No surprise really, is gartside really going to admit that he got it wrong for the 4th time and sack deluded dougie?? Eddie needs to grow some and sack gartside, he is the root cause of our problems. How can a director accumulate debts up to 160 million pound and remain in a job?? And he took earnings of 821k out of Bolton wanderers last year. Between coyle freedman and gartside we are destroyed as a club, it's currently the worst football I have ever seen from a Bolton team, no passion, togetherness, leadership, direction at all. Dougie does not get respect from the players and he has lost the fans now too. I for one will not be going until the current load of **** are gone Jaybwfc
  • Score: 11

6:53pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Reality50 says...

I haven't felt this low as a fan since probably 1987 after Aldershot. Freedman's position is untenable and i say this as a fan who supported Coyle and Megson and never demanded either of their sackings. Freedman is out of his depth,his tactics are anti football and we are going to be relegated unless a change is made very soon. Freedman has no redeeming features and i despair at the current direction of the club. Yes,we have no money,but even so,the tactics,man management,team spirit and everything else is awful. We are heading for one huge car crash and attendances will dip under 10,000 by next season unless Freedman is sacked.
I haven't felt this low as a fan since probably 1987 after Aldershot. Freedman's position is untenable and i say this as a fan who supported Coyle and Megson and never demanded either of their sackings. Freedman is out of his depth,his tactics are anti football and we are going to be relegated unless a change is made very soon. Freedman has no redeeming features and i despair at the current direction of the club. Yes,we have no money,but even so,the tactics,man management,team spirit and everything else is awful. We are heading for one huge car crash and attendances will dip under 10,000 by next season unless Freedman is sacked. Reality50
  • Score: 10

8:45pm Mon 1 Sep 14

johnnykilroy4 says...

Has a Bolton wanderers fan i just hope it worth it !!!
Has a Bolton wanderers fan i just hope it worth it !!! johnnykilroy4
  • Score: 0

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