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Bolton boss ask for positive performance

Neil Lennon, Bolton's new manager, has outlined his battle plan. Credit: PA

Neil Lennon has outlined his Bolton battle plan as he prepares to take charge of Wanderers for the first time.

The former Celtic boss replaced Dougie Freedman last Sunday after Bolton won just one of their opening 11 Sky Bet Championship games.

They are rock bottom as they head to fellow strugglers Birmingham on Saturday and Lennon insisted he expects instant progress from his new side at St Andrew's.

I can't guarantee that we'll go to Birmingham and wipe the floor with them," Lennon said, with Bolton six points behind their fifth-bottom hosts.

It would be good to try to get the result; if we can give a decent performance then so be it. What I'm looking for is a performance of some sort that gives me encouragement going forward.

– Neil Lennon, Bolton manager

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Gartside on Freedman: "Results on the pitch have not reflected all his work off it."

Former Bolton Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman. Credit: PA

In a statement, Bolton thanked Freedman "for all his hard work and effort during his time with the club".

But the chairman said results had not "reflected" his efforts.

“Dougie has worked tirelessly off the field to improve the infrastructure of the football club. Unfortunately, recent results on the pitch have not reflected all his work off it.

“The club has faced a difficult time following our relegation from the Premier League and Dougie has helped to restructure the club in order for it to become successful again under ever-tightening constraints.

“I would like to thank Dougie personally for all his commitment and efforts for Bolton Wanderers.”

– Bolton Chairman Phil Gartside

Dougie Freedman sacked by Bolton Wanderers

Bolton have parted company with manager Dougie Freedman after a wretched run of results left them floundering in the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone.

Wanderers have won just one of their opening 10 games in the league and Wednesday's 4-0 drubbing at Fulham proved to be the final nail in Freedman's coffin, with the club announcing the Scot's departure by mutual consent on the eve of Saturday's home game with Bournemouth.

Freedman left Crystal Palace to take up the vacancy at Bolton two years ago this month but after narrowly missing out on the play-offs in that campaign, his side have toiled in the lower reaches of the second tier ever since.

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Bolton's Reebok Stadium to be re-branded as the Macron Stadium

Bolton's Reebok Stadium to be re-branded Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

Bolton Wanderers have announced that their Reebok stadium will be renamed the 'Macron Stadium'.

They have agreed a four-year-deal with the sportswear manufacturers, Macron, who will also make the team kits from this summer.

Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside said: "This is an extremely exciting and beneficial deal for our club."

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