Football - Freedman fired up

Dougie Freedman believes he must become a leader, rather than a manager, to guide Bolton out of the relegation mire.

PA Sport Report

After almost leading the Trotters to the play-offs with an impressive late-season surge in the previous campaign, Freedman's men have endured a woeful start and have failed to win any of their opening eight Sky Bet Championship fixtures.

The former Crystal Palace boss is resolute in his insistence that he is the right man for the job, though.

He said: "It's a disappointing position we're in now but as a manager it's not time for me to manage, it's time for me to lead.

"It's time for me to tell them what's wrong and put it right. That's certainly what we've worked on on the training ground."

Bolton face a crucial home clash with Yeovil this Saturday knowing that victory could propel them off the foot of the table and even out of the relegation zone. And, with a midweek game against Blackpool followed by a trip to Birmingham next Saturday, Freedman knows the table could be looking far rosier if they enjoy a good week.

"The history tells you in this division that it's very close, not only the table but the games are very close and we're experiencing this right now," he added.

"It's very fine lines. The good thing for us is the games are so close but the league's so close. Three games in a week...it can soon take you from a disappointing moment to a very high moment and that's the type of week we need."

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