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Bolton overhaul scouting system using hi-tech

Assistant manager Chris Evans told the Bolton News, "We knew we needed to make changes in the way we went about recruiting players but we didn't want to be ad hoc, or seem to be making it up as we went along."

"Myself and Gary (Megson) sat down and broke it down into four aspects: identifying where the players are; recruitment - which is different because it's about actually getting the players to your club - training, and then finally development. You cannot do the last three without getting the first one right and that is what we regarded as the prime target of the summer.

"Probably about 70 per cent of the players in the Premier League come from the continent but we had no network there," Evans explained. "If we are going to make the best decisions, then you have to have the best information, so we recruited the best people possible and gave them the best facilities and provisions.

"It is possible now, because of the low cost airlines, to get these officers out twice a week to report back the intelligence from the countries we designated.

"We appointed an Eastern European scout, paying particular interest to the countries which will be coming into the Common Market in the next couple of years.

"Our Western European scout will be covering places like Spain, Portugal, France and a little bit in Germany and Holland.

"And our Northern European scout will be covering the Scandinavian countries, including Denmark, Latvia and Lithuania."

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