Freedman not yet Bolton boss

Dougie Freedman
Dougie Freedman remains Crystal Palace boss - for now. Photo: PA

Bolton's interim boss Jimmy Phillips revealed after the team's 2-2 npower Championship draw at Wolves that talks are ongoing with Crystal Palace to appoint Dougie Freedman as the club's new manager.

Palace announced that Freedman had left to take charge at Bolton on the eve of the clash against Wolves and Phillips admitted that the timing of that statement was "not helpful."

But Phillips expects to still be in charge for Saturday's trip to Middlesbrough while Freedman's move is finalised.

Phillips said: "As far we are aware the future is there are still negotiations to be concluded between Bolton and Crystal Palace.

"Myself, Sammy Lee and Julian Darby will be preparing the team and then taking the team at Middlesbrough.

"That is as much as I know. Obviously things could change between now and the Middlesbrough game but that is what I was told."

As for Palace's statement, Phillips admitted: "I don't think the timing was what we would have hoped for."

Phillips is unsure whether he will have a role to play in Freedman's plans and he said: "I think every manager has a team of staff he likes to bring in.

"That will be up for negotiation between Dougie Freedman and our chairman Phil Gartside as to who Dougie thinks he needs to bring with him or which of our existing staff he could utilise because we have a very good support staff.

"I have really enjoyed it and I would like to think we have improved the players in a short space of time."

Bolton looked to be heading for defeat against Wolves after two first-half goals from Kevin Doyle had cancelled out Benik Afobe's opener.

But former Wolves midfielder Mark Davies returned to haunt his old club with a well-deserved stoppage-time equaliser.

Bolton had come from two down to beat Bristol City 3-2 last weekend and Phillips said: "The players have really responded to our training and the framework we have put in place has given them the confidence to get something if they go go behind.

"That has been evident against Wolves and I was very pleased for the players.

"It was unsettling for them with the news that came out and myself, Sammy and Julian, all being professional people, decided we would get the best out of the players and they responded very well to the challenge.

"The fact that we tried to get the ball down to play rather than play the long ball was also another pleasing aspect."

Afobe sparked the game into life in the 20th minute when he rose virtually unmarked at the far post to bundle home a corner from Martin Petrov.

But all that served to do was wake up Wolves and after Roger Johnson had rattled the bar with a header from Jermaine Pennant's corner, Doyle took charge.

He first drew Wolves level in the 27th minute when he raced on to a pass from Bakary Sako and slid the ball under the advancing Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan.

Doyle then nodded Wolves ahead three minutes later after Bogdan could only palm away a fierce 35-yard free-kick from Sako.

Wolves looked content to try and sit on that lead but it was a dangerous tactic, with Chris Eagles and Petrov going close to grabbing a second-half equaliser before Davies made Bolton's pressure pay with a curling 20-yard drive in stoppage time.

Wolves' manager Stale Solbakken was in reflective mood despite seeing his side fail to hold on to their advantage.

He said: "I think 2-2 was probably the right result.

"When you count possession and chances, we were by far the best team in the first half.

"We deserved the lead at half-time but after the interval we lost the ball a lot. When we should have gone forwards we passed backwards and when we should have gone back we passed it to no-one.

"We struggled with the rhythm in the second half and that put us under pressure. We never really got into it in the second half.

"There was no plan to sit back - we were pressurised in the last 20 minutes and that is why I tried to change things.

"But Bolton are a very good side and they gambled a lot in the second half. Where we ruled in the first half they ruled in the second.

"I think it was one of the best games I have seen in the Championship for quality this season."

Solbakken was pleased to see Doyle end his eight-game goal drought and he added: "It was good to see him score and that the margins were on his side after he had hit the post four or five times this season.

"I don't think that his confidence has ever been affected because we had talked about it and said the goals will come."