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A 3-point plan for Oldham Athletic to make the playoffs

The Latics will have a new manager, new signings and new teams to play against next season but what can they do to secure themselves a playoff position or even just finish higher in the league?

After their 14th position league finish, Oldham decided to give Laurent Banide a chance at managing the team ahead of next season. He was only appointed this month and the 51-year old received a lot of backlash from Oldham fans. It seems that Latics fans don’t think he will do much to improve their league chances. However, they have just announced a few signings and there’s still a while before the summer is over so what can Oldham do to either secure a playoff spot or finish higher than 14th?

Treat Every Game As A “Key Date”

When League Two fixtures were released last week, Oldham picked out newly promoted Salford as one of their ‘key dates,’ along with Bradford and Macclesfield. Personally, I think all the players and management should be going out with the attitude as every game is a key date because the intentions are to win every game. Go out with those kinds of attitudes and you will have better results.

Trust New Signing’s

Zak Mills and Gary Woods have both recently been announced as new signings before the season starts for Oldham. I’m positive that there will be more signings and contract extensions before the start to the new season but I hope these new additions will put as much into training as they would into a game, get starts in matches and hopefully deliver for Oldham when given the chance.


Oldham fans were very quick to judge Laurent Banide, although I think he needs to be given the chance by the club, team and fans. If you don’t give him the opportunity to deliver before he’s even started, you’re setting yourselves up for failure. If he turns out to be everything that Oldham was NOT looking for then fine but until that happens, let’s see how he manages.

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