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Dougie Freedman will not get his assistants... yet. Bolton Wanderers have failed in their approach to bring his number two and three men over from Palace.
After being officially unveiled yesterday, Dougie Freedman took to the radio in a lengthy interview with BBC Radio Manchester about his new job as manager of Bolton Wanderers. One of the first questions asked by Jack Dearden was what would become of Lennie Lawrence and Curtis Fleming, Dougie's assistants at Crystal Palace. We knew that Bolton had approached Palace for the assistants but yesterday, Freedman revealed that for the time being, Bolton were unsuccessful.
"In Lennie and Curtis's situation, they [Palace] feel that, right now, it's not the right time to let them talk to us,
"We've made the call and it's been rejected. We'll just watch this space.
"There's been discussions but I want to do it the correct way and the professional way."
Lawrence is the current caretaker manager of Crystal Palace and will be in charge until the Eagles appoint a new manager. Over the weekend, he led his side to a 2-1 win away at the then-top-of-the-table team, Leicester City. Lawrence did say that he would not go for the manager's post full time:
"I have a loyalty to Dougie Freedman. There has been interest from Bolton but I'm here and will do this job to the best of my ability. I will not be applying for the full time job.
"Whoever gets it has a golden chance. He is going to be one lucky man. There's something very special here. It's unusual that you get the opportunity to take on a group of players that is so together and riding high in the top four"