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It’s time: Oldham Athletic must move for Phil Parkinson

The Laurent Banide gamble has failed, it’s time for a change, otherwise Oldham Athletic could find themselves playing non-league football from next season.

It was always a strange appointment. A manager that had no experience of English football, and joined Oldham completely out the blue. It hasn’t worked, as The Latics sit near the foot of League Two. Once you start losing games at this level, it’s very difficult to stop. If Oldham gets rid now and appoint the right replacement, there’s still plenty of games and points, to ensure they stay clear of relegation.

The Latics have won just one of their opening seven league games, with the biggest worry being their home form. Banide’s side have picked up just 2 points at home when they drew 0-0 to Exeter and yesterday’s 2-2 draw. It’s very difficult to get fans on your side and believing in the team when you aren’t picking up points or playing well at home.

The new manager needs to build that connection with the home supporters, make them proud to support Oldham again and give them something to cheer about. Phil Parkinson knows the EFL like the back of his hand. He did a tremendous job at Bradford City, and Bolton Wanderers, under the circumstances.

He won’t be available for long. Parkinson is a highly regarded and respected football manager, whoever is lucky enough to get his signature will be very pleased.

Parkinson will shore up a leaky defence, before anything else. The Latics struggling for goals, perhaps the former Bolton boss will look to utilise the loan market in January, to find a striker that will keep them in the division.

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