It is very easy on paper to look back at the win against Fulham and the preceding two league games and automatically hand the managerial job over to Pete Wild.
It would certainly be the cheap option which is one we have chosen in the past. According to some fans, he has more than ticked all the boxes and shown that he can step up from Academy to the first-team level. It is true that Wild’s tactics on Sunday worked extremely well against a club 60 places above us in the league but with the prospect of the nitty gritty that is League Two football to concentrate on, can Wild continue his dream debut in management or is it time to wake up to reality?
Pete Wild is a thoroughly nice chap, according to all the people stepping up to congratulate him and wish him well. A lot of those people, however, have expressed reservations about Wild continuing as manager simply because of the downfalls that have befallen previous incumbents of the job.
He has found himself thrust into the limelight because of the absence of anybody else at the club able to take over first-team affairs, and while it is true that he has had a tremendous start, it is perhaps time for him to quit while he is ahead.
Two of Oldham’s next three games are against sides currently enjoying an excellent run of form. Forest Green Rovers and MK Dons need to be faced with Latics needing points to get themselves in the play-off places. Whoever is in charge will have to pick a side which will be without top scorer Sam Surridge who has returned to Bournemouth. They will have to make do with what was an extremely small squad which at present doesn’t look like being increased.
Despite the hero worship that surrounds Wild at present, failing to pick up points in the next few games are going to erase the Fulham game from people’s memories very quickly, for that is sadly how modern football tends to work. It would be far better for all concerned to acknowledge the job Wild has done, return him to his duties with the Academy and strongly hint that his role with the club will include working with a new manager, in a view to him stepping up the ladder at a future date.
Of course, Wild might well be in the process of negotiating his move into the Boundary Park hot seat despite what people might think. He will have no doubt spent many hours encouraging our younger players to grasp any opportunities that come along just in case they don’t present themselves again.
If he believes that he is up for the job then I wish him the very best of luck because according to some sources he may have competition from Paul Scholes who watched Latics from the same terraces that Wild did. Whoever gets the job, let’s hope it is the start of a bright future for the club.