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Dougie Freedman set for Bolton as Crystal Palace eye Steve Coppell reunion

Freedman is Bolton bound as Crystal Palace court former manager Coppell

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 22 October 2012

Bolton offered Dougie Freedman a three-year deal worth 1.5million to become their new boss on Monday night as Crystal Palace look to offer Steve Coppell a fifth stint at the club.

Palace had put out a statement earlier in the day rejecting Bolton's approach for Freedman, but changed their stance once the 38-year-old Scot made it clear that he wanted to leave Selhurst Park.

Palace of dreams: Dougie Freedman is enduring a stellar campaign at Selhurst Park

Palace of dreams: Dougie Freedman is enjoying a stellar campaign so far

FREEDMAN FACTFILE

November 2007 – Appointed Crystal Palace reserve team manager while still playing for first-team

March 2010 – Retires from football, ending a 16-year career including two spells at Palace spanning 10 years

March 2010 – Returns to Palace as assistant to Paul Hart with the club in administration

June 2010 – Retained as Palace No 2 following George Burley's appointment as manager

January 2011 – Named Palace manager after being initially appointed as caretaker following Burley's New Year's Day sacking

May 2011 – Palace finish six points clear of relegation in 20th place having been 23rd and three points adrift when Freedman took over

November 2011 – Guides Palace to a memorable Carling Cup win at Manchester United

January 2012 – Palace narrowly miss out on a trip to Wembley after being beaten on penalties in their Carling Cup semi-final tie against Cardiff

May 2012 – Palace finish 17th in Championship

September 2012 – Named Championship manager of the month after picking up 13 points from a possible 15 and guiding Palace to fourth place

Palace playing career: Games 360 Goals 106

Managerial record: P90 W32 D27 L31 W%35.56

Sportsmail understands Bolton made contact with Palace on Saturday night before making their interest formal.

Palace owner Steve Parish is now considering a move for Coppell once Freedman's move has been ratified.

Parish is keen on including Coppell in a new-look football managerial set-up, though not necessarily as the club's next boss.

There could also be a role for ex-Palace striker Mark Bright, who works for the BBC.

Whether Coppell, who is director of football at Crawley Town, is keen on a return to Palace remains to be seen.

Caretaker boss Jimmy Phillips will be
in charge for Bolton's game at Wolves on Tuesday night but Freedman,
who was handed his first managerial job by Palace in January 2011, could
be in place for Saturday's trip to Middlesbrough.

Neighbours Blackburn suffered another
setback in their hunt for a successor to Steve Kean when Fulham refused
a request to speak to their first-team coach Billy McKinlay.

Blackburn have switched their sights to McKinlay after failing to prise Tim Sherwood, also an ex-Rovers player, from Tottenham.

Fulham insist they will allow
McKinlay to speak with Blackburn only once a compensation package has
been agreed, but the Championship club hope that McKinlay will force the
issue.

The 43-year-old Scot would bring in former Rovers striker Chris Sutton as his right-hand man.

Reunion: Crystal Palace have offered Coppell a sixth stint at the club

Reunion: Crystal Palace could offer Coppell a sixth stint at the club

Bolton make approach for Dougie Freedman

EXCLUSIVE: Bolton make official approach for Crystal Palace boss Freedman

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UPDATED:

09:07 GMT, 22 October 2012

Bolton have made an official approach for Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman.

The Lancashire club have pinpointed the Scot as their No 1 choice to replace Owen Coyle, who was sacked after the club's disappointing start to the Championship season.

And Bolton have made contact with the south London club for permission to hold talks with Freedman over becoming the club's next manager.

Palace of dreams: Dougie Freedman is enduring a stellar campaign at Selhurst Park

Palace of dreams: Dougie Freedman is enjoying a stellar campaign so far

FREEDMAN FACTFILE

November 2007 – Appointed Crystal Palace reserve team manager while still playing for first-team

March 2010 – Retires from football, ending a 16-year career including two spells at Palace spanning 10 years

March 2010 – Returns to Palace as assistant to Paul Hart with the club in administration

May 2010 – Palace escape relegation from the Championship on the final day at Sheffield Wednesday

June 2010 – Retained as Palace No 2 following George Burley's appointment as manager

January 2011 – Appointed Palace manager after being initially appointed as caretaker following Burley's New Year's Day sacking

May 2011 – Palace finish six points clear of relegation in 20th place having been 23rd and three points adrift when Freedman took over

November 2011 – Guides Palace to a memorable Carling Cup quarter-final win over Manchester United at Old Trafford

January 2012 – Palace narrowly miss out on a trip to Wembley after being beaten on penalties in their Carling Cup semi-final tie against Cardiff

May 2012 – Palace finish 17th in Championship

September 2012 – Named Championship manager of the month after picking up 13 points from a possible 15 and guiding Palace to fourth place

Palace playing career: Games 360 Goals 106

Managerial record:
P90 W32 D27 L31 W%35.56

No decision has yet be taken by Palace owner Steve Parish with regards Bolton's approach.

Freedman has just six months left on
his current contract at Selhurst Park and has yet to be offered a new
one – despite the club's excellent start to the season.

Palace will struggle to match the three year 500,000-per-season three-year deal Bolton are willing to offer Freedman.

But Freedman's love for Palace is such that he would consider signing a new contract at Selhurst Park as long as it is clear the club are willing to do all they can to keep him.

Palace are on the brink of something special after Freedman guided them to six wins in their last eight matches.

It will be a huge wrench for Freedman to quit Palace after an incredible career with the club, but Bolton have put a long-term contract offer on the table with the addition of a massive promotion bonus.

The former Palace striker, who has hero status among supporters at Selhurst Park, has taken the club into the play-off positions after losing their opening three league games.

He has built his own team at Palace and is convinced they can push for promotion to the Barclays Premier League this season.

Bolton put him on their list to replace Coyle after the Eagles pulled off a stunning win at the Reebok in September.

Palace travel to Barnsley for a Championship fixture on Tuesday, but Bolton are pressing the young boss for a swift decision.

They want an immediate return to the Premier League after they were relegated under Coyle last term.

Freedman replaced George Burley as manager in 2011 and performed a miracle to keep the club in the Championship.

Hunt: Bolton chairman Phil Gartside is looking for a replacement for Owen Coyle

Hunt: Bolton chairman Phil Gartside is looking for a replacement for Owen Coyle

Last season he became one of the hottest managerial prospects in the game when he masterminded Palace's stunning Carling Cup win against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

This season Palace have recovered from a disappointing start and boast the best young player in the division in Wilfried Zaha.

The winger is now an England Under 21 international and has developed into one of the biggest prospects in the game under Freedman's guidance.

Scotland should not sack Craig Levein – Gary Caldwell

Don't sack him! Caldwell sticks by Levein and blames players for Scots' woe

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UPDATED:

21:36 GMT, 12 September 2012

Gary Caldwell insists that sacking Craig Levein as manager will do nothing to change Scotland’s fortunes.

The national team were jeered from the Hampden pitch for the second time in four days following Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Macedonia.

Hopes of qualification for the World Cup finals in Brazil in 2014 were dented by Saturday’s scoreless draw with Serbia. Fortunate to emerge from the Macedonia game with another point, the Scots now face an uphill challenge to qualify.

Back him! Gary Caldwell (left) dismissed claims Craig Levein should go

Back him! Gary Caldwell (left) dismissed claims Craig Levein should go

A defiant Levein maintains he is ‘very positive’ over his side’s prospects.His record in competitive games now worse than Berti Vogts or George Burley, however, the Fifer will enter next month’s games in Wales and Belgium fighting for his job, despite the backing of Caldwell.

Quizzed on whether Levein’s job is now in the balance, the Wigan captain admitted the players have to take their share of the flak, saying: ‘I don’t even think you should be asking that question, to be honest.

‘If you change the manager, nothing else is going to change.

‘We’re going in the right direction but we need everyone pulling in the right direction and at this moment in time there are too many people pulling in different ways and trying to cause disruption.

‘The whole country has to be positive. I think we’re a better team than we were two years ago but, to prove it, we’ve got to win games — and big games.

‘We haven’t done that and that’s down to the players. We are the ones who haven’t performed in the last two matches so we need to look at ourselves and try to be better.’

Blow: Scotland failed to win either of the opening qualifying matches

Blow: Scotland failed to win either of the opening qualifying matches

Against a Macedonian team ranked 97th in the FIFA World rankings the Scots — with Caldwell in a midfield holding role — struggled to contain Napoli playmaker Goran Pandev.

The visitors scored an opening goal which looked offside, but could have scored more had it not been for the excellence of goalkeeper Allan McGregor.

‘Craig was disappointed afterwards because he wanted to win as much as anyone,’ added Caldwell.

‘He knows we can play better and he said that so it’s time to regroup.

‘We don’t have a crystal ball. We don’t know yet whether or not this will be two good points but there are eight games left and we still believe we can win every one of them.

‘Obviously, we haven’t yet shown that and we accept that. Whoever gets the strip in the remaining games, we need to be better and believe in ourselves.’

Macedonia’s players, meanwhile, have
admitted surprise at how little they were tested by a dismal Scotland at
Hampden. The Balkan nation dominated the scoring chances in Glasgow and
were unlucky not to take all three points.

Not in the script: Macedonia took an early lead against Scotland at Hampden

Not in the script: Macedonia took an early lead against Scotland at Hampden

'We watched Scotland’s game against Serbia and their team was very upbeat and good at pressing the ball,’ said full-back Daniel Georgievski.

‘Their work ethic in that game was great, with lots of running. But there was little of that against us. We dominated the game and deserved three points.

‘I expected more from Scotland. They were better against Serbia.’

Striker Mirko Ivanovski admitted his poor finish had cost Macedonia a famous victory.

Put in on goal by the outstanding Pandev during the second half, Ivanovksi mis-hit his shot at McGregor.

‘I wanted to lob the ball because I saw the goalkeeper going to ground, but I didn’t make the right connection and hit it with my heel instead,’ he said. ‘That made it an easy save for the goalkeeper.

‘When you play a game alongside a player of Pandev’s quality then you are sure to get a 100 per cent chance in a match. But you have to take it. I didn’t and we lost the points.

‘Pandev is in a class of his own but we have to make the most of what he brings to the team. People can say we deserved to take three points away from Glasgow, and something against Croatia, but the only thing that really matters is the total on the group table.’

Walter Smith: Celtic deserve title

Celtic deserve title, insists former Rangers boss Smith

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UPDATED:

23:31 GMT, 29 March 2012

Former Rangers boss Walter Smith on
Thursday night dismissed any talk of a 'tainted title' by insisting Celtic will deserve to become SPL champions.

The 10-point penalty inflicted on
the Ibrox club when they plunged into administration last month
effectively ended the league race as a contest.

That left some, including former Old
Firm stars Mark Hateley and Craig Burley, to question the merit of the
Parkhead side cruising to a first crown in four years.

Title talk: Former Rangers manager Walter Smith was on hand to promote the legends match between Rangers and AC Milan

Title talk: Former Rangers manager Walter Smith was on hand to promote the legends match between Rangers and AC Milan

But Smith referenced his own early
successes over a struggling Celtic team as he argued a league campaign
was as much a test of a club's overall stability as it was of the
players on the pitch.

Asked how the financial meltdown at
Ibrox had influenced this title battle, he said: 'It's affected it, but
it's like everything else. When I took over at Rangers in the early
'90s, Celtic were in a poor position financially and organisationally.

'Rangers managed to win a couple of championships then. You count them. When you win a league championship, it is not just a test of the team that goes on the field.

'It is a test of your whole club, the organisation and the way it is being run. Rangers haven't been good enough in that aspect.

'No doubt the circumstances they have been in have affected the team on the pitch, but you have to look at the club overall. The team that wins the league deserves it – because it is a test of your club and not just 11 players on the pitch.'

Smith was back at Ibrox on Thursday to help promote Friday night's Legends Match with AC Milan which will help to raise funds for the ailing club.

He will manage a Rangers team featuring current boss Ally McCoist, Brian Laudrup and Ronald de Boer against a Milan Glorie XI featuring Paolo Maldini and Franco Baresi.