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Kevin Davies to be released by Bolton after a decade at the Reebok

'Shocked' Bolton legend Davies to be released after a decade at the Reebok (and the club told him on his birthday!)

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

19:58 GMT, 26 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:13 GMT, 27 March 2013

Kevin Davies has been left shocked and hurt after discovering he is being released by Bolton at the end of the season.

The former England striker, who turned 36 on Tuesday, is out of contract in the summer and he has been told he will not be offered an extension by the Championship side.

Davies, who has made more 400 appearances and scored 84 goals during a 10-year spell at Bolton, admits he has been taken aback by the news as he had hoped to finish his career at the Reebok Stadium.

Finest hour: Kevin Davies scores for Bolton against Bayern Munich to secure an improbable 2-2 draw in the Allianz Arena in 2007

Finest hour: Kevin Davies scores for Bolton against Bayern Munich to secure an improbable 2-2 draw in the Allianz Arena in 2007

Davies celebrates

He told talkSPORT: 'It was a bit of a shock. I was shocked at the time and it's not quite sunk in yet, but these things happen.

'I've had clubs come in for me down the years but always turned them away because I've been so happy here. I always wanted to stay here and finish my career here, and hoped to go into a coaching role. That's maybe why it's shocked me so much.'

The former Blackburn and Southampton centre forward, who will look at the possibility of going out on loan in the next few days, insists he has no intention of hanging up his boots yet, however.

Aerial ultra: Davies scores with his head against Tottenham and (below) Chelsea

Aerial ultra: Davies scores with his head against Tottenham and (below) Chelsea

Kevin Davies scores against Chelsea

'I've had a few clubs come in for me so I'm not going to start panicking about retiring just yet. I want to carry on for at least a couple more years yet. It hurts right now, but hopefully by the end of this season I'll have a new challenge ahead of me,' he said.

Davies also revealed his contract runs out just before he is due a testimonial at Bolton, although the Bolton News report that the striker could still get one if he asks the club.

He said: 'It would have been nice to have one as a thank you for what I've done.

'I was aware when I signed [a new deal] last year it was running short, and the club said they might extend it for a week or two [to get to the testimonial] but I don't think that will happen.

Leading from the front: Davies's all-action style has made the Bolton captain a hero at the Reebok

Leading from the front: Davies's all-action style has made the Bolton captain a hero at the Reebok

Kevin Davies challenge

Yellow peril: Davies, here challenging Tom Cleverley, has been booked 99 times in the Premier League

Yellow peril: Davies, here challenging Tom Cleverley, has been booked 99 times in the Premier League

'Right now it's difficult for me to take but I need to keep my head up. It's going to be hard to try to keep involved, but I just have to try my best.'

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman told the club's official website: 'Kevin Davies is and always will be a Wanderers legend.

'I want to be fair to him as regards his future, as he deserves it. This decision means that he is now free to sort himself out with a new club in plenty of time for next season.'

International man of history: Davies became the second oldest player to make his England debut, against Montenegro in 2010 at the age of 33

International man of history: Davies became the second oldest player to make his England debut, against Montenegro in 2010 at the age of 33

Ashley Barnes charged by FA

Brighton's Barnes could see four-match ban extended after being charged for trip on referee

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

16:47 GMT, 13 March 2013

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UPDATED:

18:07 GMT, 13 March 2013

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Brighton's Ashley Barnes has been charged by the Football Association for the apparent trip on referee Nigel Miller on March 9 at the Reebok Stadium.

Barnes appeared to make contact with Miller in the closing seconds of his side's 1-0 defeat by Bolton, an offence for which he was shown a red card.

His punishment was a four-game ban, one more than the standard three due to it being the striker's second dismissal of the season.

Scroll down to watch footage of the incident…

Marching orders: Barnes is dismissed by referee Nigel Miller

Marching orders: Barnes is dismissed by referee Nigel Miller

Lengthy ban: Barnes has been sent off twice this season

Lengthy ban: Barnes has been sent off twice this season

Lengthy ban: Barnes has been sent off twice this season already and his protests (below) fell on deaf ears

But, having considered the evidence, the FA have opened proceedings which could lead to an enhanced punishment.

The FA have ruled that the incident displayed 'truly exceptional circumstances' and as such it has been referred to an independent three-man commission who can recommend a further ban if they feel it necessary.

A statement today read: 'The FA has
charged Brighton and Hove Albion's Ashley Barnes following his side's
game against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday 9 March 2013.

'It is alleged that Barnes's
behaviour in relation to the match official, for which the player was
dismissed for violent conduct towards the end of the game, constituted
an offence whereby the standard punishment that would otherwise apply
was clearly insufficient.'

Close quarters: Miller and Barnes are just yards away from each other as Bolton clear

Close quarters: Miller and Barnes are just yards away from each other as Bolton clear

Trip: Barnes sticks out a boot as Miller sets off on a run

Trip: Barnes sticks out a boot as Miller sets off on a run

Whistle: Miller sticks up his hand as he stops the game

Whistle: Miller sticks up his hand as he stops the game

Barnes has been given until 6pm on Thursday to respond.

Speaking immediately after the match –
and before reviewing video evidence – Brighton manager Gus Poyet said:
'I would like to see it.

'Before I talk to him I'm going to have a look because if he's done something to the referee…let's wait and see.

'My way of managing this is I prefer
the player to calm down because if you go to the dressing room and you
ask them straight away then they will put their excuse in there and
blame somebody else.'

VIDEO: Watch Barnes's trip on referee Miller from 50 seconds in

Final moments of Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

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Bolton 0 Sheffield Wednesday 1: Mamady Sidibe strike keeps Wednesday out of relegation zone

Bolton 0 Sheffield Wed 1: Sidibe strike keeps Wednesday out of relegation zone

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UPDATED:

18:22 GMT, 26 December 2012

Mamady Sidibe scored his first goal in almost three years to present Sheffield Wednesday with their third victory on the run and keep them out of the relegation places.

The Malian striker nearly retired after suffering a string of serious knee injuries but found the net with a classy header, two days after extending his loan from Stoke to cover the Christmas period.

In a game which lacked the punch of a typical Boxing Day fixture, the 33-year-old’s goal was a moment to cheer, not least for the 3,852 Wednesday fans who had made the trip from Yorkshire to Lancashire without the aid of public transport.

Winner: Sidibe scored the only goal at Reebok Stadium

Winner: Sidibe scored the only goal at Reebok Stadium

Match facts

Bolton: Bogdan, Mears, Ream, Knight, Ricketts (Alonso 73), Eagles (Sordell 73), Andrews, Spearing, Petrov (Lee 66), Ngog, Afobe.

Subs Not Used: Lonergan, Butterfield, Pratley, Riley.

Sheff Wed: Kirkland, Buxton, Gardner, Llera,
Reda Johnson (Mattock 76), Antonio (Jermaine Johnson 90),McCabe, Prutton, Helan, Sidibe (O'Grady 76), Lee.

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Trouble: Wednesday are fourth from bottom and two points ahead of the relegation zone

And in a first quarter of misplaced passes and dud attacks, Ngog’s strike on 14 minutes was the only time either goalkeeper was tested. The former Liverpool striker ran at the backtracking Wednesday defence before firing a left-foot strike across goal which Chris Kirkland did well to palm away.

On 25 minutes, the Yorkshire side scored from their first chance of merit. Right-back Lewis Buxton was given far too much space by the corner of the box and his flat cross invited Mamady Sidibe, who had stolen in front of Tim Ream, to power a header past Adam Bogdan.

It was the 6ft 4in Malian’s first goal since February 2010, when he netted in Stoke’s 3-0 rout of Blackburn. The 33-year-old has endured a torrid time with knee injuries, missing the entirety of last season, and considered giving up football.

But on Christmas Eve, he extended his loan with the club until January 19 and this Boxing Day goal, after all his troubles, was a rather festive way to celebrate. Indeed, his merriment was such that he lost a glove, which he had to run 20 yards to retrieve.

Problems at home: Bolton have lost their last two Championship matches at Reebok Stadium

Problems at home: Bolton have lost their last two Championship matches at Reebok Stadium

Not long after, Miguel Llera flashed Keiran Lee’s corner past the post and four minutes before the interval Kieran Lee twisted and turned in the area and tested Bogdan with a low shot.

Bolton’s only other chance came in added time, when Martin Petrov’s free-kick was punched clear by Kirkland.

The half-time whistle brought not-so pantomime boos from the home crowd. Bolton emerged with more effectiveness, if not the goal craved.

On 52 minutes Afobe roasted Anthony Gardner with pace and pulled back for Ngog, who could only chest goalwards. As the ball spun wide unmarked Petrov was unable to touch it in. In the 71st minute a deep cross from the left from Chris Eagles was met by Afobe but his shot was bundled away by Kirkland. The 19-year-old did not deserve to be on the losing side.

Freedman rolled the dice and brought on Chung-Yong Lee for Petrov and Marvin Srodell for Eagles to move into a more attacking formation. But despite the switch clear-cut chances remained at a premium.

With 13 minutes remaining Sidibe, doubtless tiring after only his fourth start of the season, was replaced by Chris O’Grady. He soaked up the applause from the away section as he made way.

The final 10 minutes saw pressure without real purpose from the hosts. Ngog’s soft header wide was the best of the chances but the day belonged to Sidibe.

Aston Villa want Glenn Murray

Another Bent blow as Aston Villa target 20-goal Palace striker Murray in 2m deal

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UPDATED:

09:25 GMT, 20 December 2012

Aston Villa are reportedly lining up a 2million bid for Crystal Palace striker Glenn Murray.

The 29-year-old has spearheaded the Eagles' bid for promotion to the Premier League, notching 20 goals so far this season.

And Paul Lambert wants Murray to add bite to his frontline at Villa Park, according to The Sun.

Main man: Glenn Murray has attracted the attention of Aston Villa

Main man: Glenn Murray has attracted the attention of Aston Villa

Murray joined Palace from fierce rivals Brighton last year and has 18 months left on his deal.

The move would cast further doubt on the future of 18m striker Darren Bent who has struggled to win over Lambert.

While Murray may join Villa next month, Steven Warnock looks set to leave the club.

On fire: Murray has scored 20 goals for Crystal Palace this season

On fire: Murray has scored 20 goals for Crystal Palace this season

The 31-year-old returns from his loan spell at Bolton next week but is unlikely to force his way into Lambert's plans.

He could return to the Reebok or be sold in the transfer window. His contract expires in the summer.

Blackpool want George Thorne as Bolton sign Jacob Butterfield from Norwich

Appleton eyes Thorne as first Blackpool buy as Freedman nets Butterfield for Bolton

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UPDATED:

23:11 GMT, 8 November 2012

Michael Appleton wants to make West Brom midfielder George Thorne his first signing as Blackpool manager.

Appleton took England U19 international Thorne to Portsmouth on loan last season.

Meanwhile, Bolton have signed Norwich midfielder Jacob Butterfield on loan. The 22-year-old will spend a month at the Reebok and is Dougie Freedman's first signing as Wanderers manager.

Wanted: West Bromwich Albion midfielder George Thorne (right)

Wanted: West Bromwich Albion midfielder George Thorne (right)

Hull have signed Sunderland midfielder David Meyler, 23, on loan. Brighton winger Brennan Dickenson, 19, has joined Chesterfield on a one-month loan.

Dougie Freedman wants to get to know his Bolton players inside out

Dougie wants to be a know-it-all as he gets down to business with his staff at Bolton

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UPDATED:

22:29 GMT, 2 November 2012

Dougie Freedman has taken a leaf out of Sir Alex Ferguson’s book in his first full week as Bolton manager.

Ferguson has always prided himself on knowing every personal and professional detail about his Manchester United players, and Freedman has followed the same route ahead of his first game in charge against Cardiff at the Reebok on Saturday night.

Ambitions: Dougie Freedman wants to copy Sir Alex Ferguson

Ambitions: Dougie Freedman wants to copy Sir Alex Ferguson

‘I have had a fantastic response from the players, absolutely wonderful,’ the 38-year-old former Crystal Palace boss said.

‘What a response I have had from a first-class dressing room. Personally, I have got on with them as young men, and on the field, they have been like sponges, buying into my ideas. I’ve got my own thoughts on how these situations should be handled, and I firmly believe you should treat the person before you start coaching the player.

Good example: Fergie knows his team

Good example: Fergie knows his team

‘I would like to think that is one of my strong points, and I am very proud to say that, within four or five days, I have got to know where 90 per cent of my squad live, who is married and who is single, who does what and where, what time they come in each morning and what their attitude is to hard work.

‘A manager in any line of work needs to know his staff inside out, and football is no different,’ he said.

Crystal Palace reject Bolton approach for Lennie Lawrence and Curtis Fleming

Crystal Palace reject Bolton approach for caretaker coaches Lawrence and Fleming

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UPDATED:

10:37 GMT, 30 October 2012

New Bolton manager Dougie Freedman has revealed that Crystal Palace have turned down an approach from the Championship club for coaches Lennie Lawrence and Curtis Fleming.

Freedman left Palace for the Reebok Stadium last week and is keen to bring his backroom team of Lawrence and Fleming with him.

But the duo are currently in caretaker charge at Selhurst Park and it is thought Palace are unwilling to negotiate their departures until they have found a new manager.

Bid: Freedman (above) hopes to be reunited with Lawrence (below right) and Fleming (below left)

Bid: Freedman (above) hopes to be reunited with Lawrence (below right) and Fleming (below left)

Bid: Freedman (above) hopes to be reunited with Lawrence (below right) and Fleming (below left)

'In Lennie and Curtis's situation, they [Palace] feel that, right now, it's not the right time to let them talk to us,' Freedman told BBC Radio Manchester.

'We've made the call and it's been rejected. We'll just watch this space.'

Freedman added: 'There's been discussions but I want to do it the correct way and the professional way.'

Perfect 10: Palace extended their unbeaten run with a 2-1 win at Leicester on Saturday

Perfect 10: Palace extended their unbeaten run with a 2-1 win at Leicester

Lawrence, 64, and Fleming, 44, have guided Palace to a win and a draw from their two games in caretaker charge so far, extending an unbeaten run that started under Freedman to 10 games.

Palace currently sit in fourth place in the Championship, 14 places and nine points clear of Bolton, who welcome Cardiff on Saturday in what will be Freedman's first game in charge.

Dougie Freedman joins Bolton from Crystal Palace

Freedman sets sights on Premier League after taking over at Bolton

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UPDATED:

10:27 GMT, 25 October 2012

Dougie Freedman has targeted an instant return to the Barclays Premier League after taking charge at Bolton.

The Scot has replaced Owen Coyle at the Reebok Stadium after being lured away from Championship rivals Crystal Palace.

Fresh start: Dougie Freedman left Palace for a move north

Fresh start: Dougie Freedman left Palace for a move north

Bolton sacked Coyle after a poor start to the season following their bid to gain promotion back to the top-flight.

Freedman said: 'I am delighted to join Bolton. The club is geared up to getting back into the Premier League.

'There is an impressive setup and structure in place, and a first team squad of undoubted quality. I am excited about the challenge ahead of us.'

Legend: Palace fans are sad to see Freedman quit the club

Legend: Palace fans are sad to see Freedman quit the club

Chairman Phil Gartside added: 'Dougie is young and ambitious. When we met his enthusiasm and knowledge of the game was evident.

'He has a real drive and passion, and knows what we want to achieve and how we want to go about it. I am looking forward to working with Dougie to secure that.'

Bolton to ramp up Dougie Freedman chase with offer

EXCLUSIVE: Bolton to ramp up Freedman pursuit with lucrative offer this week

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UPDATED:

20:04 GMT, 21 October 2012

Dougie Freedman will decide this week whether to walk out on Crystal Palace and join Championship rivals Bolton.

The highly-rated Scot will be offered a three-year deal at the Reebok by chairman Phil Gartside, who will make an approach to Palace within the next 48 hours in an attempt to push him into a quick decision over his future.

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

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

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

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.

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 Owen Coyle after the Eagles pulled off a stunning win at the Reebok in September.

They will offer Freedman 500,000-a-year plus a massive promotion bonus to turn their season around.

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

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

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.

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.

Bolton want Dougie Freedman as manager

Bolton trying to tempt Crystal Palace boss Freedman into taking over Reebok reins

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UPDATED:

21:23 GMT, 20 October 2012

Wanted man: Freedman

Wanted man: Freedman

Bolton were on Saturday night locked in talks with Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman over becoming the next boss at The Reebok Stadium.

Chairman Phil Gartside travelled to London to see 38-year-old Freedman after his club’s home game against Bristol City as he seeks to replace another Scot, Owen Coyle, who was sacked a fortnight ago.

Freedman is the current Championship manager of the month after guiding Palace to an excellent start to the season but is out of contract in the summer and has not been offered a new deal by chairman Steve Parish.

Bolton have made Freedman their top choice after holding talks with a number of other candidates including former Wolves boss Mick McCarthy.

The former Scotland international is a Palace legend, having scored more than 100 goals for the club in two different spells at Selhurst Park.

But the offer of a long-term contract managing a club who were in the Premier League last season is tempting, given that staying at Palace could see him unemployed in the summer.

Palace were denied a sixth straight Championship victory on Saturday as Millwall salvaged a 2-2 draw in an eventful South London derby at Selhurst Park.

Freedman’s men led 2-0 but then Dean Moxey was sent off for handling a goalbound header by Darius Henderson.

Mark Beevers earned Millwall a point with a late goal.