Johnson wants unity at Latics

Lee Johnson has called for unity at Oldham in the wake of one of their players being arrested in relation to alleged spot-fixing.

Last Updated: 09/12/13 at 16:32

Lee Johnson: Wants Oldham to stick together

Lee Johnson: Wants Oldham to stick together

Latics winger Cristian Montano was one of six players to be arrested as part of a National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation following claims by The Sun newspaper that a Championship game had been fixed.

Former Portsmouth defender Sam Sodje and Blackburn striker DJ Campbell are also among those to be arrested.

However, five of the six players have now been bailed until April 2014.

Asked about Montano's involvement, Johnson told Oldham's official club website: "Anybody who saw that report will have been devastated and sick to their stomachs.

"However, we have to let the authorities do their job and duties, and we cannot prejudice that.

"The reason why I am in it is because there are so many great people around place and who are giving everything to the cause.

"There are volunteers who we see everyday in the corridors, the players who give everything they can, staff who work all hours when they are understaffed for the jobs they are trying to do and the stewards who are paid a minimal amount but who work extremely hard and provide safety for everyone.

"And last but not least the fans who are fantastic spending their hard-earned money in hard times to travel all over the country to watch and support us.

"There is a lot to celebrate about this club, and we have to make sure we don't forget that."

Johnson added the club will have to wait for the results of the investigation before they can determine Montano's future.

He added: "It is disappointing how somebody can get themselves into that situation.

"The truth is that we don't know yet what has happened for him to be in the room talking about that.

"I feel we have to step back and, as manager, it is my job to rally the troops and I am sure the players have that desire for three important games in the next 10 days.

"We have to use whatever we can to get the best out of the situation and hopefully that starts with a show of unity tomorrow from the club, the players and the fans."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou know who else Adidas has a deal with? United. You know who else seems to have no qualms in paying buttloads of cash for and to players? United. It's just as likely he could go to United as he could go to Chelsea. Which is to say it's not likely in the slightest.

ted, manchester
The Spinning Gossip

A

men to that sister. Provides good cover and keeps things ticking over. Daley Blind, who has been fairly good this season, could do worse than to learn more about that position from Carrick.

GVMUFC
Is Carrick's Return Crucial For United?

N

ever mind Flamini; I think its an even bigger weekend for Ramsey to find some semblance of the form that kept us in with a shout last season and had rags and some commentators (this website included) decrying him as one of the world's best midfielders.

rab
Take Your Marks In The Premier League Sack Race

Footer 365

Aston Villa have parted company with assistant boss Roy Keane

Aston Villa have announced that assistant manager Roy Keane has left the club with immediate effect.

Manchester United: Ashley Young targets title

Eternal optimist Ashley Young claims Man United are targeting the title despite being 13 points behind unbeaten Chelsea.

Europa League: 'Happy to qualify' says Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino described Tottenham’s passage through to the knock-out stage of the Europa League as ‘job done.’

Mail Box

Arsenal Fans Are Full Of Hope Again...

Arsenal fans have been sucked back into believing Wenger can bring the glory years back after beating Borussia Dortmund. Plus, more on Liverpool's worrying decline...

Makes Sense To Make Gerrard Liverpool Manager

That's the thoughts of one Mailboxer, who wants Jamie Carragher as defensive coach. Plus views on Arsenal, Malmo v Juventus, Alexis Sanchez & tremendous improvement...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property