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5 Ways to Fix Bolton Wanderers - Part 5

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The final part of Chris' look at the ways to remedy Bolton Wanderers ills lands on the shoulders of Douglas Freedman

Dan Istitene

In the concluding part of my look five point plan to fix Bolton Wanderers - we get to the good stuff.

5) Sack Dougie Freedman

It has to be done.

The club has been in this boat before during the Gary Megson days.

Back then we thought we knew what was best. I still maintain that despite our downturn in fortunes since his sacking back in 2009, things would have been no different had we kept him on.

We could quite easily fall into the trap of sticking with Dougie Freedman in a 'better the devil you know' strategy.

This would be a huge mistake.

A huge part of the disgruntlement and anger felt by the fans towards the club is centered around the manager and his position.

He talks a good game, and undoubtedly has his hands tied behind his back in terms of the club's finances, but I find it impossible to believe that any other manager would struggle to get a tune out of this Bolton Wanderers side in the way that Freedman has.

Not to mention his consistent insulting of the fans' intelligence with his baffling post-game comments.

Freedman might one day go on to be a good manager, but at this period in his career he has neither the nous nor the ability to get the club out of the funk in which it finds itself.

After every game, win or lose, social media brings the doubters. The 'Freedman Out' brigade is now a sizeable mob, and it's incredibly difficult to find those who still think he's the man. From time to time you still get idiots like my bezzie mate Michael Thorn, but they are in the minority now.

Removing Dougie Freedman would be fix the indifference, the sadness and the meek acceptance of mediocrity that is plaguing Bolton Wanderers at this current time.

It is an important choice - a ballsy one, but one that has to be made.

Whoever comes in next will have the same constraints to work under - but I'd be damned sure that they couldn't do a worse job. Familiar names such as Phil Brown, Jimmy Phillips and Peter Reid et al are often thrown into the mix as replacements and whilst none jump off the page as being particularly inspirational, again I find it hard to imagine that they could do any worse.

Each would at least get the fans back on board, reconnecting with their club.