Which three men are looking likely to take the vacant manager’s seat at Bolton Wanderers following the departure of Dougie Freedman?
Former Leeds United manager Brian McDermott has been out of a job since May 30, having left Elland Road in the aftermath of Massimo Cellino’s takeover. A successful spell with Reading saw him claim the Championship title, winning the Championship Manager of the Year award the same season, before being sacked with Reading 19th in the Premier League table. A veteran of Championship action, the 53-year-old offers a wealth of experience, and a keen managerial ability. It is unknown whether he is actively looking for a job following his departure from Leeds, but Bolton would be wise to have a look into the availability of his services.
Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara represents the least likely option, but the 40-year-old has worked wonders in Scotland, and a move to the Championship may be perfect for him to test his abilities in a higher quality division. He has brought through a number of promising youngsters, and currently holds an impressive win ratio of 49%, with his brand of fast-paced attacking football something not seen at Bolton for a number of years. With his current success at Dundee he may not be actively looking for a job, but the potential for improvement under his guardianship is unprecedented, and appointing McNamara would be a move that could rejuvenate the club and return them to the Premier League.
The safest of all three options, ex-Newcastle, Birmingham and Norwich City boss Hughton also represents the most likely. One-time Championship winner, he has vast experience of working in the division, although his brand of football is considered stale and out-of-date. He is actively looking for work having left Norwich last season, and a move to Bolton offers a challenge he has yet experienced in his career, with the Trotters squad much weaker than any he has worked with previously. Hughton’s name is one that comes up with any vacant Championship job, and it could be Bolton that give him his return to professional football after a seven month absence.