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Bolton Wanderers: On My Radio



Afternoon all. I write this coming off Dougie Freedman's interview and phone in on Radio Manchester last night. I couldn't listen to it at the time due to work, but sitting back in an armchair in the cold light of day probably gives you a better idea anyway, especially after reading other people's comments on social media.

Phil Gartside was also there, for a few minutes, before ducking out. He said that it wasn't fair to mention the names that were on his list of managers, but did say that he had a long list, which was whittled down to a short list with Dougie on the top. Dougie now has a to do list. Let's hope that he doesn't end up on a bucket list and we all end up Brahms and Liszt.

Obviously, he came across well, as most managers do, and said the things that you would expect him to say. It was good to hear that he wants Jimmy Phillips and Sammy Lee to stay at some capacity within the club and, with Palace putting up a brick wall with regards to Lennie Lawrence and Curtis Fleming, they may well be sat next to him on the bench on Saturday evening.

He also said that he expects certain standards and that the club had some good young players that he would expect to come through. He added that the club needs to wipe the relegation from its mind but that he had no time scale for getting up to the top of the league. The players were all a 'good bunch of lads' and they were showing great enthusiasm and that everyone had a clean slate.

All very much as you would like to hear. He then faced some questions from fans who, once they had spoken about their day (why do people do that in phone ins? 'I was just on my way back from Asda. You know, the one at Middlebrook'), asked him various questions.

In answer he spoke about his experience as assistant manager at Crystal Palace and that he had been coaching for ten years so didn't see himself as not having enough experience to take charge at the club. No, he isn't a yes man to Phil Gartside. He agreed that the defence needed to be tightened, in an outbreak of the bleeding obviousnesses, and that when he came into Palace he had managed to tighten up that defence.

However, the blame for shipping goals should not be aimed squarely at the door of the defence. The transition of the ball and getting it back when we lost it should also be looked at.

He spoke of his interest in sports science, something that OC was apparently lacking in, and that the club had a good set up, probably from the Big Sam days.

He was then asked by two separate people about younger players, one in particular. He said that there needed to be a mix of youth and experience but that if you were good enough, you were old enough. Players, however, needed to be exposed at the right time. The focus then moved onto Marvin Sordell and why he wasn't playing. Dougie inferred that there may have been problems with his moving for a lot of money from London and that he was a young lad. However, Sordell should be on the pitch and we needed people like him to help us.

When it comes to Sordell, the proof will be in the pudding but we haven't even broken the crust. The amount of goals that he scored at Watford should have given him a leg up to some playing time, so it has been a surprise that the hasn't been included. Of course, anyone with an attitude problem at our level needs to be shown discipline but if everyone has a clean sheet, then you would hope Sordell gets a start either Saturday or Tuesday.

I don't think that Dougie told us anything that we didn't already know, not that we would expect him to. But I think that if he stands by everything he says, we can't have too many complaints. I still stand by my opinion that this appointment leaves me with a sense of ambivalence, but that this is a good thing. No baggage will mean he will stand or fall on what he does, not what our expectations of him are.

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Quick Fantasy League now and this week we'll try and avoid using the Voice of Bolton league rather than our own. Alakerran~Flinttaus~ have extended their lead at the top to thirty six points, with Croston FC climbing to second and Roderick's X1 remaining third. Celluloid Heroes at the team of the week so a ticket to last Saturday's game goes to them.

Right, Al back tomorrow. I'll see you Thursday.

The Journalist

Writer: Quentin X Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday October 30 2012

Time: 3:38PM

Your Comments

good article, fair assessment. I have nothing to add though I would like to hear the comments of my companions on this site, they are always astute, relevent and interesting, even when they have a go at me - I deserve it !! ( the wife agrees )
aussie mike
I think that a lot of people, like myself, were hoping for us to get the right guy in ASAP, and then after the great 3-2 comeback , were thinking "hold on, give JPSLJD a shot". Then Dougie was announced and it was "oh well, Dougie who?" Then we lost and i'm/we're thinking we'll give Dougie the benefit of the doubt and we'll get behind him. All a bit confusing I know, and like Mr X, I also feel a little underwhelmed by the choice of manager, but whats done is done and I just hope that he can work his magic (if he's got any) straight away. Someone commented on here that Dougie only started playing attacking football after being threatened with the sack, thus embarking on a 6-game winning streak, so maybe he should be told right now that he's gonna get the boot by Xmas should things not go accordingly........
swedebwfc
I agree with Mr X's article and can't imagine "Wee Doooooooogie" was top of many fans wish list, but neither will he have been on many "don't want" lists. As such he should be judged in May. Although promotion should always be the minimum target in May, due to the failure of Coyle, Gartside & Co, it will be a huge achievement if Doooooooogie can take us back into the big time. In reality, we've now got to be prepared for another season in Div 2 and get back without fail in May 2014. In the meantime we should all now get behind our new manager and support him 100%. "Little wee Doooooogies Super White Army!!!!"
Wintwanderer
I have exactly the same feeling towards Freedman's appointment as I did when Rioch was appointed. I find myself asking what everyone else thinks of it than having an internal opinion. Freedman, like Rioch, follows a manager that had a connection with the club (Phil Neal/Owen Coyle) and all that's needed in the main for the team is a mental switch and the addition of one or two players to completely transform the clubs fortunes. As fantastic as Rioch was, when you analyse his tenure, he didn't change much to get success. As it turns out, Phil Neal hadn't assembled that bad team. He was either too stupid or stubborn to change what was glaringly obvious to the man in the terrace...much like Coyle. If Freedman HAS seen the glaringly obvious problems at the T'Reebok, and more importantly, possesses the tools to rectify them... Freedman seems like a selfish manager, in all the ways you want your manager to be. And one that seems to take no crap. Which is why I have no doubt in my mind that if a bigger club came calling he would drop us like Andy Carroll in a Liverpool shirt. But when that time comes, if we're sitting mid-table in the Premier League with managers chomping at the bit to manage us, that'll be fine by me!
bwfc75
Looks like the overwhelming consensus is that we were all underwhelmed by the appointment of Freedman. Which as Mr X reasonably points out may well be a good thing in terms of lack of baggage. I have to say that I am equally not fussed if his backroom don't follow him; if he ends up with Phillips and Lee as assistants there will be a bit of continuity. Must say he has said the right things so far; clean slate for all, players putting in a shift in training & games, etc. He does seem to have a grasp of tactics (one up on OC already) and if he can harness what is, after all, not a bad Championship squad maybe we could dare to dream of a play-off place. Here's to the future. And as for you Mike, I definitely think you are mellowing - maybe it's the approach of summer!
FredMadagascar
Looks like the overwhelming consensus is that we were all underwhelmed by the appointment of Freedman. Which as Mr X reasonably points out may well be a good thing in terms of lack of baggage. I have to say that I am equally not fussed if his backroom don't follow him; if he ends up with Phillips and Lee as assistants there will be a bit of continuity. Must say he has said the right things so far; clean slate for all, players putting in a shift in training & games, etc. He does seem to have a grasp of tactics (one up on OC already) and if he can harness what is, after all, not a bad Championship squad maybe we could dare to dream of a play-off place. Here's to the future. And as for you Mike, I definitely think you are mellowing - maybe it's the approach of summer!
FredMadagascar
Yep. I am in the same camp as the above fans' very honest comments. I wish "Duggie", as he told us that his name is pronounced! all the very best with a new start for our beloved Club after the three previous disastrous Managers.
Pedro1874
I said last month the tough games we face this month could make or break our season, followed by saying the Middlesborough game had come too early for us, the same might apply to the next 2 home games, however, with Freedman now in our camp it just might add that extra spark needed to turn the tide. Lets not forget, but for two goalkeeping errors when the ball landed perfectly for the opposition to score, we could have taken a win and a draw from the last two games., alas, its almost impossible for a manager to combat against individual mistakes and goalkeeping mistakes tend to be very costly. if we get a fair rub of the green we have shown recently that we are capable of beating anyone in this league. I would settle for 3 points from the next two home games, 6 points would be fantastic, even 4 would be good, from there on we need results to improve
aussie mike
I think Aussie could be our club psychologist...... What do you think Mike ?
ChicoryCoffee
climbing mount everest is simply a bigger challenge than most, if you keep going its possible. When the going gets tough, the players must do the same, self belief, hard graft and the desire to succeed sorts out the men from the boys. I would adopt military style training and discipline, 5am long distance marches over tough terrain, etc. Apply the stick and carrot incentives - lose a game and hard training will follow, benefits should be linked with results, players need to be taken out of their comfort zones, shaken up, basic hard work should take over. I hope Freedman takes everything apart and re assembles the team using improved performance as the principal driver, nothing else matters, players should not be treated as personalities they have a job to do with a number on their back, whoever they are if they fail to deliver out they go. Under Coyle half the team where guaranteed a game regardless of how bad they played, that mentality demotivates the squad and is negative, hopefully those days are now gone and the team should display more fight and effort herein. Skippy actually told me what to write.
aussie mike
ChicoryCoffee - see what happens if you encourage me, I thought the idea was to shut me up, or at least slow me down, giving way for more sensible comments. Empty vessels make the most noise -I wonder if by some horrid and dreadful twist of fate that I could be blood related to Owen Coyle, we both talk garbage
aussie mike
I'd go one further... Has anyone seen Owen Coyle and aussie mike in the same room? Hhhmmmm
bwfc75
4 points out of 6. The man's a star . . . so far . . .!
adlington2
 

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