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Crystal Palace Co-Chairman Confirms Lennie Lawrence's Potential Bolton Move

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The most likely cause for why Bolton Wanderers have not announced Dougie Freedman as the club's new manager is due to ongoing negotiations with Crystal Palace to bring assistant manager Lennie Lawrence to the Reebok Stadium. Lawrence took charge of Crystal Palace's match against Barnsley last night alongside first team coach Curtis Fleming, who Freedman is also keen to bring to the Reebok.

Speaking to the South London Press following the match, Palace Co-Chairman Steve Parish confirmed that the clubs are in talks over the two assistants' jobs:

"It's fair to say that is probably what Dougie wants and I think we've got to look at it. I know Lennie is just an unbelievably professional bloke that will do a great job for us, up to the point he goes.

"I know it would be a difficult decision but he's become very close to Dougie, they have worked together very closely. So maybe that is what happens. There will be a very grown-up conversation with Lenniw about what we are going to do.

"Barnsley was a good, professional performance. I couldn't make it because of a long-standing engagement but we did a good job.

"I've said pretty much everything I'm going to say on the Dougie situation - he's decided to take another job and we move on. There is not a lot else we can do."