Former Palace manager Dougie Freedman has admitted to knowing he’d made a mistake within 24 hours of leaving for Bolton Wanderers whilst speaking to Holmesdale Radio recently.
The Scot took part in an extremely detailed interview with the fan-run internet radio show last week, revealing all manner of things about his departure from SE25 four years on. Having been kept almost completely in the dark by both Freedman and Palace’s owners since his heartbreaking split with the Eagles first occurred, the quotes attached above have left many stunned by their candour.
Having always been revered as a man who wore his heart on his sleeve when it came to matters concerning the club, Dougie’s silence over the circumstances that led him to leave for Bolton has provoked all manner of conspiracy theories from our fans in the years since, but here, categorically, the former striker clears up the story behind it all.
It takes a great deal of humility to admit to the errors that Freedman has in the article attached above with such certainty, placing the blame for his move away solely at his own feet rather than that of the board. In truth, the full story portrays a whirlwind situation, which placed a young and inexperienced manager in the eye of a storm that he readily claims he wasn’t strong enough to weather.
There are still plenty of Palace fans who view their former hero in a dim light, but for vast hordes of our fan-base, the immersive interview conducted by Holmesdale Radio has helped immeasurably in healing a wound that was still incredibly sore for thousands.
It sounds as though Freedman and Parish remain on good terms to this day, with the possibility of Dougie being given a job at the club looking more and more of a possibility with each week that passes. Whilst some would still have their reservations about such a move taking place, I’m sure plenty have softened to the idea as a direct consequence of the remarkably revealing quotes attached above.