Albion boss Gus Poyet has hailed Dougie Freedman’s move to relegated Bolton Wanderers as a tonic for young managers.

Freedman brings Bolton to The Amex today four games into his reign at the Reebok after the 38-year-old Scot quit the Seagulls’ arch-rivals Crystal Palace.

Poyet, 45, told The Argus: “I think it’s good for young managers.

“That you know if you do well at your club you are going to have a chance to go to another place that could be better.

“In the last ten years, what ever way you look at it, Bolton have looked a better club than Palace.

“That doesn’t mean they are, or were, but they have been an established Premier League club and Dougie probably thought it was a great chance for him to try to go up to the Premier League with Bolton.

“Of course now the table shows something totally different but I think he was very honest. He did it for himself and for his family as well.”

Bolton, although unbeaten under Freedman, are 17th in the Championship, 15 points adrift of leaders Palace who host seventh-placed Albion next Saturday.

Poyet added: “It’s going to be strange to see him with another team, because we were waiting for that big derby against Palace, but he’s not going to be there.”