Freedman has Levein sympathy

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman believes Craig Levein should have been given longer in the Scotland job and hopes to one day take the role himself.

Last Updated: 11/11/12 at 10:46 Post Comment

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Levein was shown the door by the Scottish Football Association earlier this week on the back of a woeful start to his side's qualifying campaign for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Former Scotland international Freedman would have liked to see the manager, who took over the national team in 2009, be given more time.

He told Sky Sports: "I'm disappointed. I'm disappointed for Craig and I'm disappointed it has to end this way.

"I believe that Craig has not been given enough time. I think he's a good man that deserved longer.

"Why hasn't he seen out his contract? I don't know why we're having to pay him continuously. These questions I can't really ask because I don't know the answer to them. The decision's been made.

"Can we look at the people that gave him the job? Can we ask them questions? Was it the right man to begin with?"

Freedman took over at Bolton last month to mark his second job in management, with the 38-year-old having previously been in charge at Crystal Palace.

The Scot hopes to manage his country in the future when he has more experience under his belt, adding: "That's my aim. I believe a manager, when he manages the national team, should have done his 25 years apprenticeship."

Experience

He said: "It should be coming when he's very experienced to handle all situations and (has) been through club management.

"Hopefully I'll be in management long enough to one day have that opportunity. It would make me the proudest man in Scotland for that to happen."

Freedman believes whoever is appointed as Levein's successor should be given an extended period to make an impact.

"It's another change. I believe stability is the way forward, even at national managers' level," he said.

"I believe my country needs to give the manager a lot longer. I understand results were disappointing but to keep on changing the managers is not for me.

"I think the next manager should be given two or three campaigns to get on with it and at the end of those two or three campaigns, have a look at it then.

"I don't have anybody in mind but I do hope he gets a lot longer and people realise how many people we've got to pick from and realise where we are in terms of the availability of the players."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

I

m no Sam Fan and this article sums him up beautifully. I always like to imagine that when he watches anything on TV and hears clapping, he stands up and aknowledges the applause, thinking its for him!

cozens
Football Managers On TV: Sam Allardyce

N

ah, Fergie is just having another pop at Rooney. He just wants to put him down whenever he gets a chance. Rooney is by far the best English player. Carrick is not far behind, mind. However, by elevating Carrick like that, Sir is having a dig at Wayne. Fergie is well-known for mind games like that. Good to see he's still feisty.

timbo
Van Gaal will thrive - Ferguson

Footer 365

Neil Warnock sacked by Crystal Palace after run of one win in 12 games

Neil Warnock has been sacked as manager of Crystal Palace, with Keith Millen placed in charge for Sunday's trip to QPR.

Rooney Enjoying 'Scholes' Role

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is revelling in his position as an attacking central midfielder, after he scored twice in the 3-1 victory over Newcastle at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.

Arsene Wenger admits Olivier Giroud deserved his red card for headbutting Nedum Onuoha

Arsene Wenger admits Olivier Giroud deserved his red card for headbutting Nedum Onuoha in Arsenal's 2-1 win over QPR.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property