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Juggling act for Johnson

Reporter: MATTHEW CHAMBERS
Date online: 25 August 2014

ATHLETIC manager Lee Johnson could move players out so he can sweep for new blood.

After seeing his side dominate the action at Preston only to be beaten, some movement in the transfer market could take place as Athletic try to kick-start their season.

“We are going to have to try to do some juggling, whether it’s a favour off a Premier League friend or by moving out a couple to bring in a couple. That’s the nature of the beast,” said a disappointed Johnson.

In falling to defeat against last season’s play-off semi-finalists – still unbeaten this season – Athletic sit in 21st place in the division with an away game at Paul Dickov’s Doncaster on Saturday.

Johnson hopes fortunes will change soon.

“We need to win a game,” he said. “Sometimes you can get on a run of bad fortune combined with a lack of finishing. That is what we are on. It will have to change.

“That said, take out that goal and we played well. There is nobody more frustrated than me in the world right now. I take it very personally and it hurts me. It is very hard to take when you lose, especially in a derby.”



ATHLETIC have been linked with a swoop for clubless ex-Leeds goalkeeper Paddy Kenny.

The 36-year-old Republic of Ireland international made 34 appearances for Leeds last season but was controversially pushed out this season, prior to his official departure.

Kenny, formerly of Bury and Sheffield United, joined Leeds for £400,000 two years ago.

The Chronicle understands talks have taken place between Athletic and the player's agent.

Paul Rachubka is currently Athletic’s number one, with rookie first-year professional Joel Coleman his understudy.

Comments

Please tell me where I can buy a pair of rose coloured glasses that LJ seems to use. I suggest he reads the comments made by supporters on Facebook who made the journey to Preston. Once again it appears the best player Winchester was substituted and in their eyes your mates are not good enough!
For a team who cannot find the net it beggars belief that he sees another 'keeper as the answer. Sorry LJ but you are proving all the time you do not know what you are doing. Time to go I am afraid!

LJ could do with getting rid of his mates for a start! Goal scorer should have been a priority early in the summer!

Bad fortune ?, i suggest try getting a midfield !, as at the moment it is pitiful!, and Lee is starting to sound like Mr Dickov every week!, get a formation stick with it and work on it!. If we had a big squad and star players we could change every five mins, but seeing we have a limited, VERY LIMITED squad we do not have the luxury of perpetual tinkering!

 

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