Dougie Freedman confident his job is safe at Bolton Wanderers
DOUGIE Freedman remains committed to turning things around at Wanderers and ignoring talk of pressure despite a fifth defeat in eight Championship games at Brighton on Saturday.
It is now the worst start to a league season for the Whites in more than a century after they let a first-half lead slip in Sussex to lose 3-1.
The result increased the weight of expectation on the manager who is approaching a year in charge at the Reebok.
But the straight-talking Scot says the only pressure he feels is that which he puts on himself to get things right at Wanderers and he still believes he can do that despite seeing his side rooted to the foot of the table.
Freedman said: “I think my job is very safe. I don’t ignore speculation surrounding my job but I don’t feel the pressure of it. “When you've been in the game for so long you learn to deal with speculation about being sacked.
“It doesn't faze me at all and it's my job to take the blame away from my players.
“I don’t feel under pressure myself, I feel it more for the lads.
“I am disappointed for them because they have let themselves down in certain games.
“I never feel a job’s not for me.
“When you have built a career in a professional game and worked at a professional level, you don’t have that feeling inside you.”
The Whites now have five days to prepare for what Freedman admits is a must-win home game against fellow strugglers Yeovil Town on Saturday.
And he says he will be trying his best to add to his squad with loan players before that game to bolster the ranks.
He added: “It’s a big match against Yeovil and quite simply one we have to win.
“I do believe we need a bit of help from outside and are one or two players short for the situation we are in.
“You have to get the right type of player.
“The players here can do it but maybe the ones we have are not equipped to coping with being at the wrong end of the division.
“I am going to try my very best to get players in but it is very difficult in a number of ways because some teams are paying over the odds so financially it is tough.”