Latics chiefs back manager over signings
Reporter: Matthew Chambers
Date online: 27 August 2014
ATHLETIC director Barry Owen has assured fans the club’s hierarchy will back the manager over new signings.
Lee Johnson explained yesterday the difficulties faced in signing high-calibre players, given the club’s budget. Johnson currently has the club in the frame for a couple of loan players, but no deals are imminent.
“The manager is always aware he will be supported when it comes to players, if the chairman considers it is prudent,” said Trust Oldham chairman Owen.
As Johnson plots to claim a first win of the season, Owen restated his belief the team will soon find its feet and pick up points.
“It has been a hard start to the season,” he said. “We have played some good football and we have been unlucky on occasion.
“What we have here without question is a very dedicated management team which is working extremely hard to get it right, and I am sure they will get it right.”
Owen has revealed that Athletic’s improved disciplinary record so far this season follows a warning to players.
The club picked up two £2,500 fines last season for mass confrontations between players in games against Notts County and Gillingham.
“The players have been asked to act sensibly with that in mind,” said Owen, “but that doesn’t mean we are a soft touch.”
Athletic has picked up only one yellow card in the four games so far.
DONCASTER Rovers - Athletic’s opponents away on Saturday - enjoyed a memorable night in the second round of the Capital One Cup last night by beating Championship club Watford 2-1.
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