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Kevin Davies Discusses Freedman's Reign of Terror

Kevin Davies has been discussing Dougie Freedman’s reign as Bolton boss and backed his successor Neil Lennon to turn the club’s fortunes around.

Stu Forster

Speaking to enemies of LOV - talkSPORT, ex-Bolton Wanderers captain Kevin Davies has laid into the Dougie Freedman era with a ferocity usually reserved for Patrice Evra's ankles.

Davies, now with Preston North End after being shunted out of Bolton by Freedman, 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."

This pretty much backs up leaks from the training ground during Freedman's time at the club.

It was obvious looking in that the manager had a poor attitude.Davies went on to offer his support to new manager Neil Lennon by backing the former Celtic boss to put the smile back on Wanderers' faces:

"I think it is a good appointment by the club. It is just what they need really," continued the ex-England striker, who scored 85 goals for Bolton over a ten-year period.

"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."