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Wigan hand chief scout role to Bolton legend Super John McGinlay

Laurence Griffiths

It was only in February that Bolton Wanderers legend Super John McGinlay joined the setup for the Scotland national team as a scout. His territory for finding new players for the national side was in the north west of England. Super John has now been handed a bit of a promotion, joining Wigan's setup under Owen Coyle as Chief Scout. Might be a bit awkward for him going to the DW with a Bolton Wanderers tattoo.

In Wigan's official release, Owen Coyle seemed very satisfied with the addition:

"John is someone who I have known for a very long time, having played together and worked closely off the pitch.

"He has a wealth of experience, a fantastic eye for talent and a real desire to help bring success to Wigan Athletic.

"I'm delighted to have him on board and can't wait to start working with him once again."

McGinlay has a history with finding and developing young talent, even before his time with Scotland. With his playing career coming to an end in the late 1990s/early 2000s, McGinlay moved to the United States and took on a player/coach role with the Cincinatti Kings, a PDL club (fourth tier in the American soccer pyramid) and would spend a lot of time working with the team's youth setup.

The striker, wearing number 10 for the Whites, scored 87 times in 192 appearances over five years for Bolton Wanderers, winning a permanent place in the fans' hearts.