Oldham have had an interesting couple of seasons. With seven different managers in two years, relegation to League Two in 2018 and being unable to finish in the top half of that table.
The round-a-bout manager approach is clearly damaging, as no playing styles have been cemented into the team. Take Paul Scholes, Laurent Banide and Dino Maamria, all three managers have nothing in common and this has been reflected in the inconsistency of the club.
The current manager and ex-Liverpool and Leeds United winger Harry Kewell looks as though he could be the man to turn things around for the club. In a recent 2-0 pre-season victory over Nottingham Forrest, Kewell sang the praises of his players who said that: “they’re learning (it) which is fantastic, and it means that they’re paying attention which I love.”
Missing factors for Oldham Athletic
Consistency, hope and quality have been the missing factors for Oldham in their hopes to regain a spot in League One. Consistency and hope are two things that Kewell seems to be instilling into his squad, his managerial approach appears to be warm, supportive and tactically astute.
To bring more quality, however, they will have to acquire some established League One players to push them back into that league. But Kewell is a strong believer in the youth at Oldham, who he says have made a fantastic impression on him since his arrival.
Should Kewell be given the time, it looks as though he will be the man who gives Oldham fans something to look forward to. But for Kewell to keep his job and for the fans to see the football they deserve, the Latics need to show backbone. A fighting spirit in the early part of the season, giving hope for a finish in the top half of the table. Should Oldham make that jump and prove their progress, Oldham can then go on to fight for promotion in the following season.