Despite leaving the club second bottom in the Championship table, Freedman had traversed an extremely tough time at the Macron Stadium.
Having been appointed in October 2012, following the Trotters relegation from the Premier League, Freedman led his side to seventh place in his first season in charge, before only managing a mid-table finish in the 2013/14 season. He started the current campaign in charge, managing just one victory, before being dismissed from his role on October 3.
Upon his appointment two years ago, Freedman arrived at the club with a job to restructure the team to survive in the Championship, and central defender Tim Ream believes that the Scotsman completed that objective, with just on-pitch displays culminating in his dismissal.
Speaking to the Bolton News, Ream revealed how much work he had completed behind the scenes, and how a number of the playing squad had ‘let him down’ with their matchday performances.
“I feel for him, I really do,” the US international said.
“He has worked hard and unfortunately it’s a results-driven business.
“I think me and the guys in the dressing room have let him and the staff down. It’s on us to a certain extent.
“He did a lot behind the scenes, especially at the training ground, that people don’t get to see. But there is a structure in place now. The only thing that needs to be worked on is results and what happens on the pitch.
“I’ll be the first to tell you there were a lot of issues behind the scenes when he came in. He smoothed those out.”
When pressed about the off-field problems, Ream spoke of a lack of dedication amongst a number of the playing squad, who felt that relegation from the top flight gave them permission to leave the club.
“There were a lot of issues after relegation. There were a lot of guys who thought they didn’t belong in this league.
“They thought ‘hey, we’ll get out of it’ and not really put the work in.
“There were guys who just weren’t dedicating themselves and that was a big issue we had to overcome last year and when Dougie came in from October to Christmas.
“He got guys on the right track off the field but unfortunately he didn’t get the results on it.”