Laurent Banide was appointed Oldham Athletic manager on Tuesday. The Frenchman has spent the majority of his managerial career in Qatar and never managed in England, so to say it’s a shock, is an understatement of the century.
The appointment has certainly split opinion with The Latics fan. It’s either going to be a masterstroke or nightmare, with most fans expecting the latter. The Oldham faithful expected their new manager to have EFL experience, who could battle through the club’s current ‘off-field’ problems, and sign loans/frees who he had connections with.
Anyway, good luck Oldham. Maybe you’ve found the League Two Pep Guardiola, it’s a gamble that will probably make or break their season.
I look at three things that Banide must do ahead of the 2019/20 campaign if they want to mount a promotion push…
Start the season well
If a managerial appointment has split opinion, you need to get the doubters on your side early. Otherwise, things can quickly go pear-shaped. Banide needs to win a couple of home games early, show the players are up for the fight and behind the manager.
Aim to make the fans proud to be Oldham Athletic fans, and excited to be at Boundary Park. A few comfortable wins, positive football and connect with the fans – as easy as that Banide, over to you.
Get the fans on side
There was a largely negative reaction to the announcement of his appointment. Banide needs to have a clear plan for the club. Show his ambition and convince the fans he is the man to take Oldham forward.
Loyal fans will stick with their club regardless of division, managers or players because they are supporters. However, the Frenchman needs to have the fans backing ahead of the season to succeed. Any broken relationships with players or fans will surface, and negatively affect performances on the pitch.
Sign a goalscorer
In League Two, if you have a regular goal scorer who can bag 20+ goals, you’ll generally be challenging at the right end of the table come May. A man of Banide’s experience will know scoring goals is key, particularly in leagues that are competitive and provide tight contests.
Callum Lang scored 16 goals for The Latics last season, I wonder if they’ll explore the possibility of him returning on loan, should Wigan be looking for him to gain more experience in the EFL.