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Should Dougie Freedman walk away from Bolton?

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Dougie Freedman has been forced to deny that he will resign as manager of Championship side Bolton Wanderers in the wake of their poor start to the season.

The Trotters are without a victory in their opening eight league matches and have only picked up three points from a possible twenty four.

This has left Freedman at risk of losing his job, having joined the club from Crystal Palace in October 2012. 

Despite criticism from supporters on unofficial message boards and also a degree of vitriol aimed at him in a torrent of abuse prior to Bolton's 3-1 defeat at Brighton on Saturday, the Scot told the BBC that walking away from a job "is not inside me". 

Whilst Freedman's confidence in turning around Bolton's season, as he did last year, may be admirable, it is perhaps a little misplaced. During his tenure at Crystal Palace he was criticised for his negative style of football, which has seemingly continued at the Reebok Stadium. 

Whether Freedman is a good manager is up in the air at this moment, but sacking him so early into the season when new signings are yet to settle in and the team is yet to gel properly is a risk, and with Bolton rumoured to be in heavy debt, can they afford to sack Freedman?

The 39-year-old had an excellent spell of eight games at the beginning of the 2012/13 season at Palace, avoiding defeat and guiding the Eagles to the top of the Championship table, having previously steadied the ship following the sacking of George Burley.

He took a side that was dreadfully lacking in confidence and defensive ability and ensured survival towards the last games of the season, being particularly keen to employ two defensive midfield players.

Whilst this was a successful formula, the issue was then that his tactics remained the same despite having arguably more talented and exciting players at his disposal.

Palace fans grew frustrated as the 2011/12 campaign petered out with only three victories in twenty five matches.

Despite the scalp of Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Carling Cup, courtesy of a Darren Ambrose wonder goal and Glenn Murray's shoulder, Palace lacked any spark.

The performances were disappointing and some fans went as far to say they were boring. A single shot on target in the Carling Cup semi-final second leg at Cardiff told the story of Dougie Freedman's managerial career. 

The following season began in much the same vain as Palace fell to three defeats and were rooted to the bottom of the table after a 4-1 hammering at Bristol City. Then came the signings of Yannick Bolasie and Andre Moritz to inject flair to the side, and a recovery which saw Freedman eventually join Bolton in somewhat acrimonious circumstances.

This is a manager who has had a single eight game spell which showed his abilities, yet very few victories were by more than a single goal throughout Freedman's Palace reign. This pattern largely continued at his new club, and so have the same negative, flair stifling tactics. 

Bolton arguably appointed Freedman based on his potential, but perhaps this was skewed by a spell of eight entertaining matches.

The Glaswegian turned around the fortunes of Palace in the 2010/11 season and Bolton last season, but his stubborn refusal to be pragmatic may cause him to lose the job he took last October which tarnished his reputation amongst the very fans who saw him as a hero for his contribution to the club as a player and then assistant manager. 

Is it too late for Freedman to turn it around at Bolton? Possibly not, but he will have to adapt his tactics to suit his players, rather than attempt to place square pegs in round holes.

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