BOLTON Wanderers lacked spirit during Dougie Freedman’s tenure as manager, according to Leroy Rosenior.
The Trotters are rock bottom of the SkyBet Championship heading into the international break and five points adrift of safety after taking just five points from 11 league games this season.
Freedman departed by mutual consent on Friday after almost two years in charge, leaving player-coach Andy Hughes and goalkeeping coach Lee Turner in temporary charge for Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat by Bournemouth.
“You look at that [Bolton] team on paper and you think there is plenty of quality there. But what they are lacking is spirit,” Rosenior said, as a pundit on the BBC’s Football League Show.
“When I associate Bolton with a team that doesn’t have spirit, it doesn’t make sense to me because they’ve had that spirit since Sam Allardyce was there.
“The quality has always come after. What they have always shown is a spirit and a resilience to get results and they haven’t done that whilst Dougie has been there.
“The new man has got to get that back into the team.”
(One tweeter asks whether the club will now turn to Coventry boss Steven Pressley)
Former Fulham striker Rosenior called on the Bolton board to “find the right man to turn things around” and accepted Freedman had struggled to take the club to the next level, largely due to their financial restraints.
“I keep hearing things about Bolton that they are £160 million in debt and I totally understand that. It was difficult for Dougie to manage and I totally understand that,” Rosenior added.
“Dougie made so many changes. I think there are only two ever-presents in the side this season.”
|BOLTON WANDERERS: LEAGUE RESULTS THIS SEASON|
|Watford 3-0 Bolton|
|Bolton 2-2 Nottingham Forest|
|Bolton 1-2 Middlesbrough|
|Brighton 2-1 Bolton|
|Leeds United 1-0 Bolton|
|Bolton 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday|
|Bolton 3-2 Rotherham|
|Wolves 1-0 Bolton|
|Bolton 0-2 Derby County|
|Fulham 4-0 Bolton|
|Bolton 1-2 Bournemouth|
Only Matt Mills and captain Jay Spearing have featured in all 11 Championship matches so far this term for the Lancashire club, who were relegated from the Premier League on the final day of the 2011/12 campaign following 11 years in the top-flight.
But a huge squad turnover contributed to a downturn in form, which reflected in their 14th placed finish last term, and his last match at the helm was a 4-0 thumping at the hands of Fulham in midweek.
It is understood former Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones, ex-Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay and current Bury gaffer David Flitcroft are among the favourites to take over.
? DID YOU KNOW ?
Freedman is already the 13th managerial departure in the Football League this season.