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Stick or Twist: Should Jim Gannon Twist With The Oldham Athletic Job or Stick With Stockport County Following Promotion

Another rumour on the managerial merry-go-round is that Stockport County boss Jim Gannon could be off to Oldham Athletic.

The Vanarama National League North manager of the year, took Stockport to the National League North league title last season and presumably will manage them in the National League next season.

Gannon is in his third spell as manager at Stockport, after being made a member of the clubs hall of fame, having also played at the club for roughly 10 years making over 350 appearances.

In the eyes of many, Gannon has done a great job taking Stockport into the Vanarama National League, despite this Stockport are a semi-pro team with part-time players, so you could see the attraction of the move to Oldham. However, is the attraction of moving up one division strong enough to part Gannon with his beloved Stockport? I personally don’t think so.

The last time Gannon left the club at his own devices, was the chance to go to Scottish Premier League side Motherwell, who at the time was playing in the Europa League, Oldham are just nowhere near that level.

Gannon has really got a project going down at Stockport County, having got them promoted out of the Vanarama National League North, a division they had been stuck in since the 2013-14 season. Following the promotion, you have to think, a club the size and calibre of Stockport County will attract the right kind of players and will flourish in the National League.

Therefore leaving very little reasoning for Gannon to move to lower midtable Oldham in League Two, as give it a couple of seasons and Stockport could be in a similar position themselves – should they succeed in a very tough National League division.

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