BWFC: Veni, Vidi, Vici
Doug, Dougie, Douglas, The Dougmeister, The Freedmanator... Dougie Freedman, the manager of our beloved club, has been working harder than any manager in the football leagues. He's even been working harder than any manager in the Premiership.
Already- and we're still very much within the month of May- Mr Freedman has enrolled 4 new recruits for next season's promotion push. Two promising youngsters, Hayden White and Conor Wilkinson have been poached- legally- from their parent clubs, Sheffield Wednesday and Millwall respectively. Also, not to get stuck in the concrete, Douglas followed swiftly onto securing Marc Tierney from Premiership, Norwich and Alex Baptiste from Blackpool.
I don't know about you guys but I'm excited.
Of course, if this was the recruitment genesis of a Premier League campaign, we'd be questioning direction or priority. But for a Championship revolution, which to be fair, began at the transfer window in January, I'm thrilled.
It's not so much the actual transfers making my tummy warm, it's the ease, efficiency and decisiveness in which our manager is going about his business. For a seasoned boss, with reputation, stature and form, securing 4 desired targets before June would be impressive. For a manager with nothing to show on his C.V other than a switch from Palace to Bolton, it's downright amazing. OK, the name 'Bolton Wanderers' may still have a certain appeal, especially for the younger newcomers, White and Wilkinson who will have watched Wanderers in the Premier League most of their lives. But for Tierney, you would have to assume one of the Premier League teams, especially the newly promoted sides, would have offered him a chance... He didn't even test the market! For Alex Baptiste, Premier League football was definitely on the table. Hull City were reportedly willing to hand Alex a contract, but like Tierney, he didn't even seem to dip his toe into the water... Dougie called... deal done! Like Caesar, he came, he saw, he conquered.
What makes these deals more amazing is the fact that Dougie hasn't spent anything on transfer fees. In fact, the only money which will have to be forfeited is the compensation packages for the two youngsters.
Is anyone else thinking, bag Beckford then lets get the season started?
Whether you are sold on Dougie Freedman or not; whether you are convinced of his ability as a manager, whether he can lead Bolton to the Premiership or not, you can't deny he is making all the right noises. If Dougie Freedman isn't the man to lead Bolton back to the Premier League, he's doing a mighty fine impression of him...