Freedman: In the darkest days, I considered leaving

Knowing his own mind: Questions over his managerial ability led Freedman to the answers he'd been looking for    SP68680

Knowing his own mind: Questions over his managerial ability led Freedman to the answers he'd been looking for SP68680

First published in Crystal Palace Wimbledon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

Crystal Palace manager has revealed that in the darkest days that overshadowed the beginning of the season, he considered quitting.

The Eagles opened their Championship campaign with three straight defeats and a heavy Captial One Cup defeat to lower league opposition.

In five games in August, they conceded 14 goals and could only point to a 2-1 win at Exeter City in the first round of the League Cup as their solitary success.

Freedman came in for stick from sections of the media and less than two years after taking the job, the Scot asked himself if it was all worth the effort.

He said: "I have a young family and sometimes you don’t get to spend as time with them as you would like and sometimes you take on too much responsibility.

"You constantly ask yourself do I need this, do I want this, is this the right time? To be honest, at the start of the season I thought about going."

Freedman has turned the club's fortunes around, going through September unbeaten and picking up impressive wins at Bolton and Wolves - the Eagles are now unbeaten in six games, picking up five wins en route.

And he says it was the constant questioning of his managerial ability at the start of the season that propelled him on.

The former striker, who made 330 appearances for in the Eagles in two spells at the club, said: "We got a few bad results and a few people starting pointing the finger, telling me I couldn't be a manager and asking if I knew what I was doing, and that gave me the answer.

"The answer was yes, I believed in what I was doing, how we were developing the kids, how we were running the club and I got stuck into the training ground and dealt with it.

"In a strange way it was good to have those people questioning me because it made me answer the questions I had been asking myself."

Palace host Burnley this weekend, hoping to make it seven games unbeaten, before the international break.


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