Dougie Freedman confirmed as Bolton boss by Crystal Palace

 

Crystal Palace have confirmed that Dougie Freedman has joined Bolton as their new manager.

He replaces Owen Coyle, who was sacked after Wanderers were relegated from the top flight in May and then made a poor start to the Championship season.

Palace granted Bolton permission to speak to Freedman, 38, on Monday, having initially rejected an approach.

But a statement on the Palace website on Tuesday said the Scot had joined their Championship rivals.

Bolton's recent managers

  • Sam Allardyce: October 1999 - April 2007
  • Sammy Lee: April 2007 - October 2007
  • Gary Megson: October 2007 - Dec 2009
  • Owen Coyle: January 2010 - October 2012
  • Dougie Freedman : October 2012 - Present

It reads: "Crystal Palace Football Club can confirm that first team manager Dougie Freedman has joined Bolton Wanderers.

"The board of the club would like to put on record their thanks to Dougie for all his efforts over the past couple of years and their disappointment over the events of the past few days.

"The search for a replacement starts immediately."

Palace assistant manager Lennie Lawrence and first-team coach Curtis Fleming will take charge for the game against Barnsley on Tuesday evening.

Freedman became Palace boss, his first managerial role, in January 2011 when he replaced George Burley.

The former Scotland international led Palace to the League Cup semi-finals last season and had steered them to fourth in the Championship this term - 12 places above Bolton.

Having been on QPR's books as a youngster, he later joined Palace where he had two spells as a player.

Freedman also played for Wolves, Nottingham Forest, Leeds United on loan and Southend, where his career ended in March 2010, allowing him to return to Palace once more to join the coaching staff.