For some, Dougie Freedman is simply a character from Crystal Palace’s past, but having given an incredibly revealing interview to the South London Press, the Scotsman has reminded us all just how much of a hand he had in building the current squad.
With huge swathes of the media desperately searching for Palace-themed content to fill their pages in the lead up to tomorrow’s showpiece final against Manchester United at Wembley, Richard Cawley has taken the time to pick Freedman’s brains over the story of how players like Mile Jedinak, Yannick Bolasie, Damien Delaney and Joel Ward came to join us, in a time when things were remarkably different off the field in south-east London.
The resulting article will transport you back to the scarily frugal recent past, when financial balancing acts and free transfers were the order of the day. It may not have been pretty, but when looking down the list of current first-team players at Palace, there can be no debate as to important role Dougie Freedman’s recruitment drives played in our subsequent success.
Years ago, Dougie’s departure for Bolton Wanderers opened a gaping wound in the hearts of Palace fans, but with time, it feels as though we’ve been able to forgive, if not entirely forget. Indeed, since losing his job as manager of Nottingham Forest, Freedman has been positively glowing about the club and perhaps even more significantly, the role Steve Parish has played in the years since the parting of the ways.
There should be no doubt over our former boss’ ambitions of getting back into management sooner rather than later, but as the interview attached above proves in no uncertain terms, he does have a remarkably good eye for a player, alongside some surprisingly slick patter when it comes to convincing them to join him.
Perhaps a slightly different role reckons back in the friendly surroundings of SE25? I’m sure many of us would welcome him back in a heartbeat.