Bolton close in on Dougie Freedman as Paul Jewell leaves Ipswich

• Dougie Freedman could be at Bolton's game at Middlesbrough
• Ipswich hope for swift appointment of Paul Jewell successor

Dougie Freedman is expected finally to take up his post as Bolton Wanderers manager by Friday at the latest, and could watch the club's game at Middlesbrough on Saturday from the stands.

The need to finalise contractual details that are considered inconsequential is the reason cited for the delay in the Scot's appointment, after Crystal Palace announced on Tuesday that he had already joined Bolton.

While that statement has caused some bemusement at the Lancashire club, there is no sense that the deal to make Freedman Owen Coyle's successor will fall through.

Meanwhile the Ipswich Town chief executive, Simon Clegg, has revealed he and the club's owner, Marcus Evans, began the process of identifying possible successors to outgoing manager Paul Jewell "a number of weeks" ago.

Jewell left Portman Road by mutual consent on Wednesday after Tuesday's third consecutive loss, against Derby County, extended Town's winless streak to 10 matches and left them bottom of the Championship.

In light of the extended nature of this dismal run, Clegg told the club's website, that he and Evans have hit the ground running in the search for Jewell's replacement.

"We're very clear in terms of the type of individual we want," he said. "Already Marcus and I have been brainstorming for a number of weeks what would happen if we got to this scenario. So we're not waking up this morning completely cold going in to trying to find a new manager. That process, in some respects, has started by the identification of the various candidates and now those discussions will be ramped up going forward."

Ipswich take on Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, with Jewell's former assistant, Chris Hutchings placed in caretaker charge.

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