It’s been nearly four years since Dougie Freedman left his role as Crystal Palace manager to take over at Bolton Wanderers and whilst the wound remains sore for many in SE25, the interview attached below is likely to alter your previously held views of him on a personal level.
The Scot’s managerial career has since seen him let go by both Bolton and Nottingham Forest, but having recently attended the FA Cup Final and sat in the Palace end with his wife and two boys, there is a genuine sense of reconciliation growing between he and the Eagles faithful.
It is difficult to think of a more painful departure in recent years than the one that saw Freedman fly the Selhurst Park nest in October of 2012, but as the above interview proves, Dougie, now 42, has seen his view of the environment a professional football manager inhabits shift dramatically since moving away from South London.
The lads from Holmesdale Radio have conducted what can only be described as a fantastically engaging interview with the man, who, in discussing his association and life at Crystal Palace, as well as the spell which followed his decision to leave, will likely change your perception of him from afar.
There is seemingly no subject that Dougie wasn’t willing to delve into, happily discussing the circumstances that surrounded his decision to jump ship for Bolton as well as the years that followed. Within the chat, there is also a discussion about the infamous “spygate” incident that he, Palace and Cardiff became involved in during the 2013/14 season.
It is genuinely surprising to see a fan-run internet radio show being given such an extensive interview by a man who has endured his fair share of ups and downs with our supporters in recent seasons, but if you do still hold any degree of resentment towards him, I wholeheartedly recommend you giving the interview a listen, it will almost certainly force you to reconsider your views.