Crystal Palace have confirmed that Dougie Freedman has left to take charge of Bolton

Dougie Freedman: New Bolton boss

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Dougie Freedman has left Crystal Palace to take over as the manager of their Championship rivals Bolton Wanderers.

Palace confirmed the news and have announced that assistant manager Lennie Lawrence and first team coach Curtis Fleming were in charge for their match at Barnsley.

Bolton were relegated last term and sacked Owen Coyle earlier this month after a disappointing start to life back in the Championship, which has left them 16th in the current table.

And Palace announced on Monday that Freedman, who they hired in January last year, had been given permission to speak to Bolton about the vacancy.

Freedman has impressed at Palace and they are currently fourth in the Championship, having overcome a very poor start to the season.

A Palace statement read: "Crystal Palace Football Club can confirm that first team manager Dougie Freedman has joined Bolton Wanderers.

"The Board of the Club would like to put on record their thanks to Dougie for all his efforts over the past couple of years and their disappointment over the events of the past few days. The search for a replacement starts immediately."

Freedman has reportedly signed a three-year deal and is expected to watch Bolton from the stands at Wolves tonight.