Date: 10th March 2014 at 7:36pm
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It’s a day an age in football when time isn’t something that many are given much of.

Dougie Freedman has been under some intense pressure as boss of Bolton for much of this season, he’s managed to keep his job though and club captain Zat Knight believes that the decision to keep faith with him was the right one.

Results tend to suggest that’s true.

Knight told BBC Radio Manchester: A few months ago a few managers got sacked, but the chairman and the board have stuck with him. He puts 11 players on the pitch and sometimes I feel we’ve let him down.

‘Over the past couple of months, we’ve been playing really well.

‘This result has been coming. The fans are starting to see a young manager with younger players playing a certain way and getting results in a certain fashion.’

Bolton have taken 10-points from the past 12-points on offer, including successive 4-0 and 5-1 wins over rivals Blackburn Rovers and Leeds United to ease the relegation worries.

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5 Replies to “Sometimes Best To Stick Not Always Twist”

  • Delighted to be proved wrong whatever his mistakes at least he has learned from them however long it took him to. Lets enjoy a good run in…………………

  • Don’t apologise for anything Nathan, your views have not been disproved at all. Our worst season for years reached a stage when the dark spectre of relegation was a very real danger. Three sudden victories sprinkled with lots of goals has moved us away from the drop zone, yet 17th place in this league after 39 games represents a failed campaign, there is nothing in that record for any manager to take comfort or reassurance from. Its true that we have suddenly hit very good form and it represents a remarkable turn around in fortune, aided and abetted by factors linked with the contributions from the two forwards brought in on loan whose goals have been a major factor. I would not alter your opinion about DF on the back of this sudden windfall, his track record to date stinks like a pile of rotting garbage, there remains a long road ahead and for me the man lacks a compass, we might have stumbled across the path we should be on, more by good fortune than good judgement but we can still end up remaining hopelessly lost

  • Mike – when we are poor its Dougie’s fault but when we do well its good luck and fortunate!? You cant have it both ways, we all know it has been a disaster of a season but lighten up a bit and enjoy the last few games! You have never changed your view and in a way i respect you but you have to be able to give credit where it is due. My opinion that DF is the man to turn things around has never changed yet i have commented on poor performances, wrong selection and tactics but also the part the players have played in this. The players are showing what they are capable of but where has this been? DF is clearly still building his team and is doing the best he can with the limited funds but it is hard to find the right blend which he has managed to. He got a lot of stick for bringing in a non scoring striker and bringing Mason back after a failed loan spell, he has proved people wrong and needs to be supported in rebuilding the squad.

  • I don’t think there are many managers who would have made quite such effective use of the £40k/pw that we were paying David N’Gog. In the winter transfer window, he let O’Halloran, Fraser and N’Gog leave permanently, Craig Davies, Wilkinson, Odelusi and Bolger leave on loan to get either fitness or first team experience, signed Yannick Bastos permanently, Jutkiewicz and Trotter until the end of June, Mason until April 12th and Hutton until March 29th. Hutton is cover until Tierney’s return, Mason we have for as long as we can afford him and Jutkiewicz and Trotter are both with a view to permanent deals (we can’t afford Mason). It’s no surprise to me that shifting some more of OC’s crap out the back door has “coincided” with an upturn in results. If that’s what he can do with £40k/wk I can’t wait to see what he can do with another £400k/wk this summer.

  • If we can get a decent run in to the end of the season I’ll be lot more confident in Dougie’s masterplan. After our strong end to last season evaporated into near crisis this time around I still need quite a lot of persuasion, but like Mulder in the X Files, ‘ I want to believe’.

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