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Captain sets manager new challenge

23 October 2012

Dickov on his globetrotting star

Paul Dickov admitted it is a whole new ball game for him having to manage a globetrotting player who is often away on international duty.

Latics' manager was referring to Dean Furman who has clocked up over 20,000 miles since early last month on duty for South Africa.

Dickov added the reason for leaving his captain and influential midfield player on the bench against Leyton Orient on Saturday because he had barely been back 48 hours from his latest trip which took him to Poland, Kenya and South Africa.

Latics' manager explained he sought advice and that guided him in his decision.

Dickov pointed out that Furman could have played against Orient but the concensus was that there was a strong likelihood of a delayed reaction this week when Latics have two important away matches at Carlisle tonight and at Crawley Town on Saturday.

"Dean wanted to play, but the kid was knackered," he explained.

Latics' manager added he was also reluctant to change the side which did so well to draw 1-1 at Sheffield United.

"If I put players straight back into the team which has done well, sometimes that sends out the wrong message. By putting Dean on the bench sent out the right one," he said.

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