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Freedman cool on Bolton link
Published : 16 Oct 2012 15:52:00
Crystal Palace boss Dougie Freedman has shrugged off speculation linking him with the vacant Bolton job.
Odds on Freedman succeeding the sacked Owen Coyle have plummeted in the last 24 hours, SkyBet making the 38-year-old Scot their even-money favourite.
Palace are flying high in fourth place in the Championship under a manager who has developed a reputation for bringing through young talent but Freedman insists his focus is on this weekend's visit of close rivals Millwall.
"I cannot stop speculation, but I am very happy to be playing Millwall this weekend and that's all I want to say," Freedman told the Croydon Guardian."
"I cannot deal with speculation, I have too much to do in this job. I only deal in facts and the facts are that I have a game against Millwall this weekend and I am keeping my fingers crossed that my players come back from international duty without any injuries. "I am also keeping my fingers crossed that I have prepared in the best possible way so that we win the match. Those are the facts, let's stick to the facts."
"When I was younger, 19 or so, and there was speculation that I'd be playing for Rangers and Celtic, at that age I found it quite difficult to deal with, but as you get older, you can brush it aside."