Freedman is Bolton bound as Crystal Palace court former manager Coppell
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 enjoying a stellar campaign so far
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
The 43-year-old Scot would bring in former Rovers striker Chris Sutton as his right-hand man.
Reunion: Crystal Palace could offer Coppell a sixth stint at the club