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Thomas Fielding, nine, asked for the Bolton job after the struggling club parted company with Dougie Freedman last month

Thomas Fielding, nine, asked for the Bolton job after the struggling club parted company with Dougie Freedman last month

Thomas Fielding, nine, asked for the Bolton job after the struggling club parted company with Dougie Freedman last month

A football mad nine-year-old applied to Bolton Wanderers for the vacant managers job - telling the chairman the players were slow, unfit and overweight.

Thomas Fielding, a season ticket holder at the Macron Stadium, asked for the job after the struggling club parted company with Dougie Freedman last month.

After his honest assessment of the players the youngster added: "I know that I am young but I am cheap."

Despite listing his own football experience with Oxford Grove under-10s, and ending his letter, "BWFC Rulse" the board instead opted for Neil Lennon, the former international and double-title-winning ex-Glasgow Celtic manager.

But the youngster's disappointment was tempered by a surprise visit from Lennon to the boy's football training session.

The manager told bwfc.co.uk: "His letter was very similar to the one I sent in - it's just his had better handwriting."

The championship club currently stand just above the relegation places.

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