HARRY Kewell is confident his direct style will pay dividends with Latics.

The Oldham boss has vowed to be up front and honest with his players as he bids to get the club heading towards the right end of League Two in the weeks and months to come.

There are plenty of conversations to be had with his squad as Kewell vows to continue with the rotation policy he used in the first half of the campaign.

The issue is further highlighted by the need to juggle seven loan players when only five are allowed in a match-day squad.

Exeter are the visitors tomorrow, weather permitting, with Latics 13th in the table as they approach the end of a two-week break from action after the game against Scunthorpe was postponed.

And Kewell believes those not involved against the Grecians would rather be told why, rather than second guessing things.

“The one thing players will see through is a lie,” the Latics boss said.

“You’ve got to be honest with them even though sometimes it’s not nice to tell a player the truth, it’s got to be told.

“I’ve been in that situation where some managers have told me something and you’re sitting there thinking ‘you’re saying one thing and doing another’.

“I’ve also had managers who have told me the truth whether it’s good or bad and you respect that.”

Kewell has also vowed to be frank when he takes supporters’ questions for the first time at a Trust Oldham online Q&A.

There will be plenty of eyes on the event given the unusual season in which the former Leeds and Liverpool ace has arrived at Boundary Park, the 42-year-old yet to take charge of a game with home supporters in attendance.

Instead they have been forced to watch on iFollow, which looks increasingly like being the reality for the remainder of the campaign.

“I just wonder if they’ll be able to handle my answers,” Kewell said with a smile.

“I’m very truthful and I think sometimes people sugarcoat things so I’m looking forward to the questions, just be prepared for an answer you don’t like.

“You may not like the answer but it might be the right thing for the team at this present moment.”

Elsewhere, Latics midfielder Davis Keillor-Dunn has missed out on the League Two player of the month award.

Cambridge’s veteran playmaker Wes Hoolahan picked up the prize after his two goals and two assists helped his side to the top of the table.

It was a double for the U’s with boss Mark Bonner picking up the manager’s prize.