Bolton Legend: Dougie Freedman poisoned atmosphere

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Kevin Davies has criticised Dougie Freedman for ruining Bolton, whilst believing that Neil Lennon is the right man to fix the team.

Freedman left the club last week, ending an almost two-year stay at the Macron Stadium with the Trotters bottom of the Championship table.

Many were glad to see the former Crystal Palace forward leave the club, with fans criticising his running of the club in the later months of his reign after a number of dismal displays.

Davies worked with Freedman for a short spell with Bolton, before leaving to join Preston in 2013, and he told talkSPORT that the Scot ripped the heart out of the Trotters.

The 37-year-old forward said: “I don’t want to come across as bitter, but I think he created a bad atmosphere.

“It became a sterile place. What the club stood for when Sam Allardyce was there was the fans, the togetherness. It was a great club, a family club, and it felt like that had been ripped out. It wasn’t a great place to be.

“I didn’t really enjoy training. There was a line between the staff and the players and the people at the academy. There were factions around the club.

“It needs to be brought together. There is a lot of work to do. Everyone needs to be pulling in the right direction.”

Following Freedman’s dismissal, the Trotters appointed former Celtic man Neil Lennon as manager, and he has a lot of work to do to improve upon the lone victory Bolton have claimed this season. However, Lennon arrives from a trophy laden spell with the Scottish Premier League Champions, and Davies believes he is the perfect man to lead the Greater Manchester side to success.

He added: “I watched them play two or three weeks ago and the fans were really frustrated and the players looked like they were lacking in confidence and direction. As a young manager, he will bring a lot of enthusiasm into the club.

“He has got a big job on his hands, but I think he is capable of getting them out of the trouble they are in right now.”

Lennon has a week to wait until he leads the Trotters out for the first time, with a trip to Birmingham planned for October 18, and Davies will be one of many devotees dreaming for a victory.

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