7 Weeks: Oldham Still On The Lookout For A Manager
When Peter Wild was thrust into the limelight after the sacking of Frankie Bunn on Boxing Day, I’m sure he didn’t think that he would be still in charge of the first team seven games later.
That in no way suggests that Wild doesn’t have any ambition, I’m sure he has that in abundance but it was made pretty clear that the appointment was temporary and that a new man would be along soon to take over.
Of course, nobody expected Latics to pick themselves up from the 6-0 deficit at Carlisle, win the next two league games and dump Premier League Fulham out of the FA Cup making the choice of the new manager a little difficult, to say the least.
Bunn had barely left the building before the bookies had made the ‘local boy who done good’ favourite for the job. It was not Peter Wild however but Paul Scholes, one of Oldham’s ‘celebrity’ fans alongside Eric Sykes, Graham Lambert, Nicola Stephenson and several others you’ll never have heard of.
Scholes has been linked to the manager’s job previously, not because he has any valuable managerial experience but simply because of his love for the club and undoubted success at Old Trafford.
Given that appointing managers at Boundary Park with no track record seems to be considered acceptable, one would have thought that Scholes would now be into his sixth week into the job and facing calls for him to be sacked.
However, there appears to be a fly in the ointment in the shape of his involvement with Salford City. Most of what has been written about Scholes involvement with the National League side being a stumbling block to him joining Oldham is conjecture at the very least. However, it has been rightly pointed out that if what is stopping the club naming Scholes as the manager is the issue of his shares in Salford, then his future intentions must be brought into question.
Given that Scholes attended Boundary Park on a regular basis in the past and has not disguised his love of the club, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to expect him to jump at the chance to get on the managerial ladder and sever his ties with Salford. If we have waited seven weeks just to be told that Scholes won’t be taking the job as he’d rather play at being a club owner with his class of ’92 mates, then we have once again been taken for mugs and another chapter can be added to the volume of embarrassment that Oldham Athletic has become.
It is a long shot to suggest that Oldham can make any impact on the table, given that they are currently 11 points off the playoffs – so appointing a new manager at this stage may seem futile. I’ve been unable to find odds on who might be the next manager and I suspect the bookies like many of the fans, have lost interest as well.