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What is going wrong for Banide at Oldham Athletic?

Oldham Athletic’s recent performances give positives and negatives despite overwhelming defeats

They have lost every pre-season game and league game so far but pulled off a 3-2 win in the Football League Trophy against Liverpool U-21s. The Latics really got to show what they were about against a weaker opponent.

The victory proved that there are class and quality in the squad to be worked with. Segbé Azankpo proved to a clinical finisher and Chris Eagles were heavily involved in attacking play throughout. This is Oldham’s threat.

Their organization in maintaining pressure and defending is lacklustre, leaving holes and gaps to exploit at the back.

Oldham’s situation is somewhat similar to that of Man Utd last season. Their weak defence stops the attack from progressing confidently and without fear. Solskjaer now has Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and the Reds put four past Chelsea on the opening day of the Premier League.

How can Banide fix his squad?

Of course, Banide cannot be blessed with such an investment. But a recognized manager like himself should be able to get the best out of the defence he has. By giving his current defence a structure and system to go by on a weekly basis, the talented attackers in the side would have more freedom. This would result in the Frenchman’s side improving, winning and gelling as a team.

In the early days of the season, it would be unfair to judge the new manager. He has come into a difficult position at a struggling club. But their defeat against Crewe and their victory over Liverpool U-21s proved that the side has a bit of bite about them when they attack.

If this can be utilized throughout the season, whilst defensive philosophies are upheld – we could still see Oldham Athletic blossom this season.

Unlike other managers in recent years, Banide should be given time to implement a system and a squad that can progress the club further. Unless they get relegated, of course.

Two qualities Peterborough Utd will be getting by signing Bolton Wanderers midfielder

According to The Peterborough Telegraph, Bolton Wanderers midfielder, Luke Murphy could be on his way out of Phil Parkinson’s side.

Bolton Wanderers have made headlines since last season with their financial troubles. As a result of the problems behind the scenes, the team got relegated to League One at the end of last season.

Bolton now has only 7 senior squad members after unpaid wages have seen players leave over the summer. Some are still undecided as there’s a lack of news coming from the University of Bolton Stadium. Now one of their few options for next season could be on his way out as Luke Murphy has recurved interest from Peterborough.

If the transfer does go ahead, what could he bring to the club?

Experience

The 29-year-old has been around a few different teams. He’s previously played for Crewe Alexandra, Leeds Utd and Burton Albion. However, this isn’t the main reason why I’ve chosen his experience as the main quality that he could take with him to Peterborough. I’ve also picked this because whether he stays or goes to Peterborough, he will be playing League One football. Furthermore, if he moves to the Posh, he’ll be taking his experience of playing in the Championship with him. Being in a lower league should be a little easier for him.

Leadership

All of the above is what leads me to this next point. When Murphy was at Crewe Alexandra, he captained the team. In 2012/13, as well as leading the squad, he also won their player of the year award. I think a player who’s captained a team in the past always has the confidence of joining a new team and being able to fit right in. They also have the ability to step up and deliver in times of need.

As well as the two qualities above, after a pretty dull season that left all Bolton players feeling deflated, if Murphy decides to join any new team, I think it will give him the determination to do well. He will definitely want to make an impression as he starts to enjoy football again. After all, you’ve got to be able to play better without the stress of not knowing when you’re going to get paid.

Oldham Athletic fans not feeling very optimistic ahead of the new season ‘Macclesfield and Salford as key fixtures, I feel sick’ ‘That’s a tough start’

Laurent Banide’s side have revealed their fixtures to fans this morning and how has it gone down?

The Latics finished 14th last season in League Two. They start their 2019/20 campaign facing Forest Green away on the 3rd of August, Crewe at home on the 10th and Bradford away on the 17th.

Oldham’s Twitter account posted their fixtures in a unique way, they put out their opening five fixtures in one post. Their ‘festive fixtures’ in another and then what they predict to be their, ‘Key Fixtures’ to be before posting a full rundown of the season to come.

According to them, Macclesfield, Salford and Bradford are dates for the fans diaries but some have disagreed…

Examining Oldham Athletic’s 19/20 League 2 Opponents: Crewe, Forest Green Rovers and Exeter

Continuing the definitive guide to the 19/20 League Two season for Oldham supporters.

Crewe Alexandra

Trainspotters flock to Crewe railway station as it’s one of the most historically significant railway stations in the world but they wouldn’t want to suffer the embarrassment of being seen at Gresty Road.

Nickname: The Railwaymen (eye roll)

Sponsor: Hornby

Star Supporter: Thomas the Tank Engine

Club Mascot: Derek the Delayed Diesel

Half Time Entertainment: The Buffet Car Sandwich Challenge

Will Oldham Take Over The Town?: Pretty good chance if we’re doing well

Mad Chairman Score Out Of 10: John Bowler 82 years old and associated with the club since 1980. Very quiet on the scandal that hit the club last year. 10/10

One to Watch: Perry Ng the player with an aversion to vowels.

Style Of Play: Containment with delays and cancellations.

Speciality Pie Flavour: Mysterious and deep filled lucky dip

Away End Capacity and Condition: 1680 seats with a few obstructive pillars.

Likely Pre Match Songs: Paddy works on the railroad

End of Season Prediction: 13th

Exeter City

The only two games Exeter supporters are bothered about next season are the ones against Plymouth who share the same bare patch of football wasteland which is the South West of the country. Nobody else cares about either of them.

Nickname: ‘The Grecians’ which the origin of is apparently the subject of speculation and debate. Or not.

Sponsor: The Clotted Cream Company

Star Supporter: Coldplay’s Chris Martin

Club Mascot: Winnie the Witch
(The city is infamous for being the last place where a woman was trialled and executed for witchcraft.)

Half Time Entertainment: The ducking stool challenge

Will Oldham Take Over The Town?: There were plans to last season with a win needed to keep up with the playoff places but distance is always going to be a problem.

Mad Chairman Score Out Of 10: Julian Tagg. As the club is owned by the supporters they don’t appear to have any problems with their Chairman. Funny that! 1/10

One to Watch: Jonathan Forte because ex Latics players always get one over on us.

Style Of Play: Hopeful

Speciality Pie Flavour: Some sort of meat but don’t ask for gravy this far South.

Away End Capacity and Condition: 950 but the ground is looking a bit tired.

Likely Pre Match Songs: Something unintelligible about drinking cider

End of Season Prediction: 16th

Forest Green Rovers

The first thing people say when you mention FGR is their switch to being 100% vegan so I won’t mention it. Only kidding…

Nickname: Rovers (double eye roll)

Sponsor: Nigirizushi Steaks

Star Supporter: Bear No Grills

Club Mascot: Tommy Tofu

Half Time Entertainment: Hunt the Hot Dog

Will Oldham Take Over The Town?: Doubtful given the red meat eating habits of your average Oldhamer.

Mad Chairman Score Out Of 10: Dale Vince the architect of the ‘vegan revolution’ at the club. Our highest scorer so far 11/10

One to Watch: Reuben Reid. Having played for most of the clubs in the Football League (including Oldham) the only reason he hasn’t left FGR is probably because he’s too weak to move due to the vegan diet.

Style Of Play: Pass (the stinky tofu) and move.

Speciality Pie Flavour: Raw Vegan Cantaloupe and Watermelon Nigiri-Sushi

Away End Capacity and Condition: 1000 and nothing special

Likely Pre Match Songs: Green Onions – Booker T and the MG’s

End of Season Prediction: 10th *(10 points deducted for selling an inedible pastie)

Next week: Grimsby Town, Leyton Orient and Macclesfield

Opinion: What Should Bolton’s Transfer Strategy be Ahead of Next Season

Next season is simply going to be about rebuilding for Bolton Wanderers, the club was relegated into League One last season and now faces starting the 2019/20 campaign on minus twelve points. Therefore Bolton could very realistically be facing another relegation season.

With a vast amount of players jumping ship and the new owners not being sorted till Friday, it is going to leave a lot of work to be done in not a great deal of time before the first game of the season.

So once the owners are sorted and the club are on a financially sound footing hopefully, then what? Well in our opinion, why not promote the youth? Create a squad from within therefore if one or two make it, the club becomes self-sustaining and hopefully, this kind of disaster will never occur again.

Of course, the club can’t rely entirely on youth as there is slim hope of survival, therefore we would recommend looking at loans and free agents. Furthermore, as Bolton isn’t the only club having financial woes, perhaps although it upsets us to say, they should look at the other clubs in similar situations to themselves and take their better players.

If Bolton can hang on to any of their squad, then that is a bonus in our eyes, as truly we don’t believe there will be many left come the opening day of next season. Next season should be basically a rebirth for the club with a different ethos of promoting youth and then cashing in, similar to that of Crewe, Bolton have amazing facilities from their Premier League days if they can get them back after administration. So why not use them to their fullest and create stars for the future, instead of buying players and spending more money on a short term fix.

Two ‘Ugly’ Players Oldham Need Next Season To Compete in The Physical Side Of League Two

League Two football can never be described as ‘pretty’. There are a number of players capable of producing the odd flash of brilliance but on the whole, League Two is the place finesse goes to die.

It is unsurprising then that League Two champions Lincoln’s approach to the game consists of throwing themselves to the ground at every opportunity, barging the opposition out of the way and having a goalkeeper who can deliver the ball from box to box on a regular basis. This method was ably demonstrated in their recent win at MK Dons.

It would be churlish to suggest that Oldham should adopt a direct game in an effort to escape League Two next season but, one of the ingredients that have been missing lately are players whose only mandate late in a game is to get the ball upfield as far as possible. A four-game sequence saw Latics concede in the 90th minute at home to Crewe, Morecambe and Stevenage and Bury away losing out on a possible six extra points.

As yet it is unknown what the squad will look like after the last game of the season has been played out. However, as far as defenders are concerned and if rumours are correct, skipper Peter Clarke may move on and on-loan Alex Iacovitti will be returning to Nottingham Forest leaving a void in the sort of players we need who can play ‘ugly’ football when it is required.

There are always a good number of players around who will fit that requirement and two that would certainly be suitable and available are:

Mal Benning

Mansfield’s 25 year old left back has also played as a centre back and in midfield for the Stags this season. He has an option of a further one-year extension to his contract which expires in June, but with the club on the verge of a move into League One his direct style may be deemed as useful in League Two but lacking substance in a higher division. He has not produced many goals but managed to find the net direct from a corner against Northampton.

David Wheater

The 32-year-old Bolton captain and defender would be the perfect replacement for Peter Clarke. Strong in the air with good concentration and blocking skills. He is described as being a threat at set pieces and a good player to have if the ball needs clearing quickly. His only weakness appears to be his passing ability.

Given that all of the Bolton players have an uncertain future, Wheater might be persuaded to drop a division given that he would be able to remain living in the area, and presumably has plenty of experience of being part of a squad playing for a club with a controversial owner!

Bury Need To Start Turning Draws Into Wins, Notts County Offers Them The Perfect Chance

The overall feeling from the ever loyal Bury fans who made the trip to Crewe last Saturday was this: Two points dropped rather than one point gained.

Despite coming from behind, Bury again rued missed chances as they saw an opportunity missed to notch up their sixth win of the season and close in on the early play-off places.

After a disappointing start to the season, the Shakers have more than stopped the bleeding and, continue to make decent progress under the tuition of Ryan Lowe.

Yet the three straight draws in the league may come to haunt the Shakers as the season progresses. With the Mansfield point leaving a feeling of joy, the result after the same outcome against Crewe left a feeling of frustration.

However, there’s more than a fair share of positives to take from Bury’s recent performances. The impact of Nicky Maynard being the main one. The former Crewe man scoring against his old club last week, giving him a more than respectable tally of three goals in two games.

For the first time in a good few years, there’s a feel-good factor amongst Bury fans that hasn’t been felt for a while. The club is looking up the table rather than down and after treading water in League One for the previous two seasons, life in League Two is offering the Shakers some hope.

So what could bring more smiles to the faces of Bury fans?

More wins to match their positive performances would do just nicely.

Back to back home games against Notts County and Newport should fit the bill just nicely. Both teams at two different ends of the table.

One game to get going and the other to lay down a marker. Over to you lads!