Despite excitement upon his appointment, Oldham Athletic’s new manager hasn’t had the easiest start to the EFL League Two season…
Oldham Athletic have only won one League One game so far this season. As they sit in 22nd on five points from seven games, projections of taking the club back to League One have certainly been reconsidered.
Perhaps the job at hand will take a fair few seasons to complete, as Oldham have suffered from having many managers over a short space of time. Making it more difficult to instil philosophies and playing styles from the off for Laurent Banide.
Taking a more pragmatic approach to where Oldham should be, come to the end of the season, here are two things Banide must achieve. Aside from keeping his job, of course.
Banide must avoid relegation. In fact, by early 2020 the French manager must look like surviving relegation, or his job could be jeopardy, meaning Oldham have to reboot once again.
Avoiding relegation should be the top priority this season. Oldham does not need to win every game to show signs of improvement…
The squad merely need to prove that they are adhering to what Banide wants from this team. By demonstrating a style of the play, a bit of fight and resilience amongst some individual greatness, it would show that Oldham is actually moving in the right direction for the first time in a long time.
Banide should focus on getting his players to play the way he wants them to. By surviving relegation, Banide can have a go at League Two next season with a more clued up squad.
The situation is somewhat similar to Man Utd with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Having a mismatched squad from several managers who have been subjected to several styles of play can result in a very difficult job for the poor manager who is brought in to sort it all out.