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Summer signings must have the right profile, says manager Dougie Freedman

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karlypants

karlypants
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Dougie Freedman insists he now has a clearer plan for Wanderers after admitting to mistakes in his recruitment process last summer.

As the curtain comes down on another season of inconsistency in the Championship, the Scot reflected on the differing fortunes his side have experienced at opposite ends of the campaign.

One win in the first 13 games saw fans calling for Freedman’s head prior to Christmas, but a run of just two defeats in 15 since mid-February suggest the manager has now got it right.

Just four of the players who started on the opening day against Burnley turned out at Sheffield Wednesday last weekend, illustrating the wholesale changes in the manager’s selection since August.

And Freedman concedes he placed too much faith in the players who had finished the previous season so strongly – missing out on the play-offs by a single goal.

“I wasn’t there for the beginning of that season but we finished like a train,” he said. “We only just fell short.

“The mistake I made in the summer was not recruiting a certain type of player. I felt the existing players would reproduce what they had done but that wasn’t the case, so we started very poorly.

“I felt the players deserved to be given a go in their second year in the Championship and they did produce some wonderful moments, but certainly not enough of them.

“The chairman was fantastic and backed our financial commitments once again.

“Certain personnel let their team-mates down but we soon turned that around. We got a few loans in and picked up results.”

Unless there is a major collapse at Middlesbrough at already-relegated Yeovil on the final day, the best Wanderers can hope for is to leapfrog Watford and finish “top of the bottom half.”

The Whites’ slow start has once again proved costly but Freedman believes that need not be the case next term, if he can bring in some Championship specialists in the next few months.

The likes of Neil Danns, Lukas Jutkiewicz, Kevin McNaughton and Joe Mason all had pedigree in the second tier before making a considerable impact at the Reebok whilst on loan.

Danns has already been secured and it seems likely that Freedman will fish from the same sort of pool when he brings in further signings.

“You can’t look into next season and wonder what’s going to be happening – you have to be positive, and we will be in the summer,” he said.

“We have got a few players out of contract, which will give us a little bit of breathing space financially and let me recruit exactly the profile of player I need in the Championship.”

“We have a fantastic nucleus of a good group there. It’s a group who want to face in the right direction and come in to train very hard every day towards it.

“There is no secret in the Championship, you have to have the right kind of profile in a player. “You look at Burnley, Leicester, Derby, the teams right up at the top, those kind of players that are needed in the Championship are what we are trying to get in the summer.”

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wanderlust


Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Doesn't really say what he's got in mind.

Natasha Whittam

Natasha Whittam
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
I'll bet he still resigns Knight.

karlypants

karlypants
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@Natasha Whittam wrote:I'll bet he still resigns Knight.
 Shocked  I hope not!

wanderlust


Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@Natasha Whittam wrote:I'll bet he still resigns Knight.
I would if the price was right, but he's on his way for sure seeing as Threlkeld and Bolger are coming through the ranks.

Guest


Guest
“The chairman was fantastic and backed our financial commitments once again."


Which roughly translates to:


"Na then, Dougie lad.......there were no brass last season and that's not changed. Get out of my office."

karlypants

karlypants
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Breadman wrote:“The chairman was fantastic and backed our financial commitments once again."


Which roughly translates to:


"Na then, Dougie lad.......there were no brass last season and that's not changed. Get out of my office."
Spot on there Breadders!

MartinBWFC

MartinBWFC
Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
There's no secret in the Championship, you look at teams like Burnley, Leicester, Derby, the teams right up there at the top, Yes Dougie they are at the top by playing the same system, with the same players week in week out, you on the other hand prefer to tinker, utter fucktard.

Natasha Whittam

Natasha Whittam
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@MartinBWFC wrote:There's no secret in the Championship, you look at teams like Burnley, Leicester, Derby, the teams right up there at the top, Yes Dougie they are at the top by playing the same system, with the same players week in week out, you on the other hand prefer to tinker, utter fucktard.

Correct. Confident managers pick their best team regardless of the opposition, and if results are good they keep the same team as often as they can.

Freedman just tries to be clever and it doesn't work. If he'd played 4-4-2 all season I'll bet we'd have more than 58 points by now.

wanderlust


Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
That's not correct - or accurate - at all.

observer


Andy Walker
Andy Walker
Breadman wrote:“The chairman was fantastic and backed our financial commitments once again."


Which roughly translates to:


"Na then, Dougie lad.......there were no brass last season and that's not changed. Get out of my office."
What he actually said was"  Na then, Dougie lad... there was no brass last season and that's not changed.  Now finish sweeping up, do the windows, take your working clothes off and put your suit back on, and then you can get out of my office."

Boggersbelief

Boggersbelief
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@Natasha Whittam wrote:I'll bet he still resigns Knight.

Very Happy

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