Apr 172014

The Trotters will come up against Marvin Sordell on Friday, and Dougie Freedman admits he has not yet decided about the on-loan striker’s future.

Bolton boss Dougie Freedman is still considering how to you solve a problem like Marvin.

For 90 minutes at the Valley on Friday, Freedman’s only concern will be with how to continue Wanderers’ winning end to the season.

But he will re-visit the issue of Marvin Sordell’s future in the coming weeks.

The former England Under-21 international striker has been on a season-long loan with the Addicks. But in 31 appearances, 13 of them as substitute, the London 2012 Team GB forward has managed just four goals.

With another 12 months on his contract, Sordell is due back at the Reebok this summer.

“I’ve kept in contact with Marvin on the phone but I’ve only seen him play once this year,” admitted Freedman. “He needed to go and get some regular football because he wasn’t achieving it here, or look like he would.

“But I’ve had no contact with Charlton over his future or if they want to make it a permanent deal.

“However, just like Keith Andrews (Brighton) or Josh Vela (Notts County), who are also on loan contracts, we’ll bring him back in pre-season and have a chat and see where we go with him.

“If he accepts the terms offered in terms of football-time, then we go from there.

“But it’s credit to Marvin and Keith that they want to play every week. Many players sit still, don’t want to move club, or don’t want to go anywhere on loan.

“I don’t expect Marvin’s attitude will have changed; he’s a young player and he’ll want to be playing every week.”

Wanderers have won their last three games and lost only once in 12 outings. Charlton are fighting for Championship survival and Freedman insists: “I’ve got no emotion for Charlton.

“I understand their situation but all I’m looking at is to win a game. When I look back at last season our final four games were not good enough.

“I want to win all four games this season and play a team at Charlton that can get three points.”

Apr 172014

Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman rejects talk of Leicester ‘bid’ for Mark Davies

6:00am Thursday 17th April 2014 in Sport

The Bolton News: Mark Davies is currentlty being restedMark Davies is currentlty being rested

DOUGIE Freedman is not entertaining transfer talk about Mark Davies, for now.

Leicester City have been heavily rumoured as a potential destination for the midfielder in the last week – with sources close to the player claiming that talks have taken place over a £2million deal.

It had even been suggested that Wanderers had taken Davies out of the team in recent weeks to protect him from injury so the deal could take place.

Both Wanderers and Leicester have played down the talk, with Freedman insisting that Davies’s absence is simply over-cautiousness on his part after a dip in the 26-year-old’s fitness.

“My problem with him is that he had such a long time off – nine months – and I threw him right back into the deep end,” he said. “I just felt that he had a bit of a burnout and developed that groin problem, so I’m really being over-cautious on him.

“He won’t feature against Charlton for the same reason.”

Freedman says there has been no contact with the Foxes, who have tracked Davies in previous transfer windows.

But the Wanderers boss is pragmatic enough to accept the club would be unlikely to turn down a serious offer for any players this summer, with finances as tight as they are.

Freedman was in bullish mood yesterday as he looked ahead to tomorrow’s visit to Charlton Athletic and admitted he would not stand in any player’s way if they wished to leave the Reebok this summer.

“If people come in for any of my players, then the first conversation would be ‘do you want to stay?’” he said.

“If the answer is ‘yes’ then I’d keep them, no doubt. But everything is for sale. It would be silly to say you’d answer every question with a ‘no’.

“Everything is looked at and has a value on it, and if a player says to me he’d like to move on then I’d move anyone on that doesn’t want to be here.

“I’m fed up, in 20 months of being here of players who feel this football club owes them something. They think it’s their damn right that ‘I should be playing this week.’ “We should be looking forward and I want players who want to be here. If they don’t want to be here, then that’s my attitude – go.”

Wanderers are yet to confirm their playing budgets for next season but Freedman is expecting to have to balance the books again.

While Lukas Jutkiewicz appears to be top of the shopping list, the £1.5million price tag Middlesbrough have placed on him may be an issue, unless money can be raised from player sales.

And Freedman, who has long been an advocate of re-establishing the Whites as a “trading club” is going into the close-season with his eyes wide open.

“I have got to do some trading. This club hasn’t done enough in the past. It hasn’t produced enough assets to trade,” he said.

“We’ve relied on loans, then when they go back we start all over again.

“I’m yet to see what the budget is going to be for next season but I don’t think it will be as it has been.

“I would like to think I can keep a hold of one or two, but know that one or two will move on and a few will come in.

“I think it will naturally cut itself up with a few coming to the end of their contract who are on good Premier League money.

“It’s definitely opened my eyes that we need to trade. I owe it to the fans that we see some fresher, younger faces because when we’ve had that, results have improved.”

Mar 312014

Bolton Wanderers extend loan of Scotland defender Alan Hutton from Aston Villa until end of season

11:53am Monday 31st March 2014 in Sport By David Pye

The Bolton News: Alan Hutton is staying at Wanderers until the end of the seasonAlan Hutton is staying at Wanderers until the end of the season

WANDERERS have extended the loan of Scotland international full-back Alan Hutton from Aston Villa until the end of the season.

The 29-year-old’s initial one-month deal ended after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Wigan Athletic at the Reebok.

But manager Dougie Freedman had already revealed an extension agreement was close and the club have today confirmed Hutton will remain with the Whites for the final seven games of the campaign.

Since joining, Hutton has made five appearances at right-back and been on the losing side just once – the 2-0 home defeat to Brighton.

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