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Bolton Wanderers bottom of Skybet Championship as search for manager intensifies



Bolton's goalkeeping coach Lee Turner and player-coach Andy Hughes were placed in temporary charge of Bolton Wanderers after Dougie Freedman left by mutual consent on Friday.

The Trotters who slipped to the foot of the table following Blackpool's win against Cardiff on Friday were beaten 2-1 at the Macron by Bournemouth on Saturday to pile on the pressure to find a new boss.

Turner and Hughes made three changes to the team beaten 4-0 at Fulham on Wednesday and they watched their side make a bright start, with Craig Davies twice denied by Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc in the first 10 minutes. But ten man Bournmouth were by far the best side and despite a late flurry Bolton went down 2-1.

Earlier in the week, Youth team coach Jimmy Phillips has been installed as a firm favourite to become the next Bolton boss after the axe finally fell on Freedman following this week's 4-0 loss at Fulham.

Protests after the Fulham game with supporters calling for Freedman to be replaced proved the final straw for chairman Phil Gartside.

"Dougie has worked tirelessly off the field to improve the infra­struc­ture of the football club. Unfor­tunately, recent results on the pitch have not reflected all his work off it," Gartside said in a statement published on the club's official website.

"The club has faced a difficult time following our relegation from the Premier League and Dougie has helped to restructure the club in order for it to become successful again under ever-tightening constraints. I would like to thank Dougie personally for all his commitment and efforts for Bolton Wanderers."

It is interesting that Phillips who had a spell as caretaker boss back in October 2012 following the dismissal of Owen Coyle, but went back to his role with the academy team once Freedman was appointed has not been asked to step in.

The 48-year-old led the senior side to a win over Bristol City and a draw at Wolves during his brief stint in charge and could now get another more long-term crack at the top job.

Phillips would be a popular choice to appease the unrest among supporters as the former defender represented the club with great distinction during two spells there as a player, including an old First Division title triumph in 1997.

Ex-Cardiff City chief Malky Mackay has also been mentioned as a possible successor to Freedman, while few would rule out a return for Coyle at this early stage.

JB


 

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