Laurent Banide stresses the importance of youth players and having a hands-on approach to managing this Oldham side.
“He is still one of the best coaches I ever worked with”. Who said that? No other than Thierry Henry.
Beginning at Monaco, Banide played a role in the development of world-renowned French footballers such as Thierry Henry and David Trezeguet.
As Banide states in his press conference with Oldham Athletic, “you need to give confidence to young players and work with the strong points of the player”.
Oldham have recently signed 28 year-old goalkeeper Gary Woods and 27 year-old full-back Zak Mills. By appointing experienced players to help resurface the Latics, it may allow Banide to spend more time developing the young talent at Boundary Park.
Banide ensures the supporters that he has a “philosophy” and a “projection” for the club, which should certainly alter the mood in the Oldham camp after several disappointing seasons and unstable management. Should Banide’s keep his promise of trying to provide the fans with exciting football, we could see a totally different Oldham walk out onto the field at the beginning of the 19/20 EFL League Two campaign.
In terms of his approach, Banide says that he “prefers to work on the field and try to see our possibilities”. This hands-on approach could see Oldham players improve individually as Banide stands beside them in training assessing their strengths and weaknesses.
The Frenchman tells us that there is a “good energy with everyone here”, indicating that the club are prepared to turn things around and still have a positive attitude despite previous seasons.
With an abundance of experience and recommendations from Theirry Henry, alongside a very positive press conference given by Banide, Oldham fans should be excited for the upcoming season as their new manager has high hopes of improving the status of the club.