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Wigan hand chief scout role to Bolton legend Super John McGinlay

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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.