Crystal Palace give Bolton permission to speak to Freedman

The Trotters have been without a manager since sacking Owen Coyle earlier this month and has finally been given the nod to open negotiations after previous attempts were blocked.
Bolton has been granted permission to enter discussions with Crystal Palace boss Dougie Freedman about its vacant managerial post.

The Trotters have been without a permanent coach since sacking Owen Coyle on Oct. 9 and has had previous attempts to begin negotiations blocked by the fellow Championship side. Crystal Palace released a statement on Monday via its website, though, which announced that it has given Bolton permission to approach Freedman.

"Following further discussions throughout the day, Crystal Palace Football Club can confirm that permission has been granted for Dougie Freedman to speak to Bolton Wanderers regarding their vacant managerial position," the club wrote in the statement.

The move by Bolton chairman Phil Gartside is not an unexpected one, as caretaker manager Jimmy Phillips revealed ahead of his side's clash with Wolves.

"Phil said from the outset he'd be open and honest with us and he came to the training ground yesterday [Sunday] and said he had made contact with Palace to speak to Dougie Freedman," Phillips told reporters.

When asked about whether he would consider taking the manager's job at the Reebok on a more permanent basis, Phillips remained coy.

"We've said all along, Phil and Eddie [Davies, the owner] will be the people who pick the next manager of Bolton Wanderers," he stated. "It won't be for anybody to put their names in the ring and suggest they want to be manager. In the meantime we said we would work our hardest to get the best out of the players."

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