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Manager's scouting trip

4 April 2013

Johnson headed North of the Border

Latics' manager Lee Johnson is back from a scouting trip North of the Border.

As the players were given a two-day break to recharge batteries after a hectic Easter, Johnson headed to Scotland where he played until recently for Kilmarnock.

Johnson, who met a number of agents, says Scotland represents good value.

He said: "Some people frown about the Scottish Premier League, but there are some good players.

"The Scottish game is struggling crowd wise as well as through finances.

"I would rather know the script than not which is why I made the trip."

Johnson believes many footballers are going to be struck by a reality check at the end of the season.

He says players being released will have to lower their sights due to the economic climate.

Johnson explained: "There are players who are earning £5,000 to £8,000 in the Championship and they may have to settle for £1,000 to £2,000.

"They are caught in a little bubble and will have to drop their demands drastically."

Johnson added that it important clubs don't live beyond their means as they are an important part of the community and they must not be allowed to die.


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