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Megson happy to enter digital age

03 March 2009 03:29
Megson now has a dedicated three-man IT team working alongside the coaching staff at their plush training complex at Euxton, near Chorley. The changing face of football was highlighted on Sunday when Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster used an iPod as a research tool ahead of the Carling Cup final penalty shoot-out against Tottenham at Wembley. It proved to be a master-stroke with Sir Alex Ferguson's side lifting the trophy after Foster saved a spot-kick from Jamie O'Hara. Megson knows you cannot afford to sit still in modern football. He said: "We have been using iPods and things like that for the last couple of years. We just don't get the same publicity as some people. "All our stuff is done using electronics, smart boards and DVDs. We have three dedicated staff and are probably as advanced as any club in the Premier League. "For example we can put motivational videos on a player's iPod purely and simply for them. "It is just the way of the world now. When we used pen and paper before, we have people who can do all sorts of things." Bolton are certainly a picture of health as they head for Stoke tomorrow after three victories in four games which has pushed them into tenth place. Megson insists that winning is everything, although he is planning to tweak the side's way of playing. He said: "We always want to play as well as we possibly can and be as pleasing on the eye as we possibly can. But we have got to win games. "This club has played in a certain way for about eight years. It is ingrained. "While we want to try and alter it a little bit, you have to remember that Bolton have done fantastically well some seasons. "It is not about how you play, it is the results you get. That's the important thing." Megson and his Stoke counterpart Tony Pulis lobbied the league to try and get the date of the game changed as they have a free weekend but were unsuccessful. Megson added: "We would have preferred to play it without then facing a 10-day break. "Tony did not want that and I did not particularly want that. We tried but did not hope we could change it. Consequently it fell on deaf ears." Megson had a spell as Stoke manager and coach - alongside Pulis - and expects a stiff test. "It has always been a tough place to go, "said the Bolton boss. "Not only is the team up for it but so are the crowd. "They are loud and very passionate and that can pile the pressure on. I think they've had five penalties at home."

Source: Team_Talk