Once again, Oldham Athletic are in the hunt for a new manager following the sacking of Frankie Bunn the day after the humiliating 6-0 defeat at Carlisle. Prospective candidates may well be put off by the fact that they will be the 25th change in manager at Boundary Park in the past 18 years. It doesn’t bode well for anybody with long-term job aspirations.
However, there is no shortage of managers, twiddling their fingers in front of daytime television who are desperate to get back into the game.
In no particular order because the betting seems to be changing hourly, is the Football Manc Cave guide to some of the likely (and a couple of very unlikely) candidates…
*Odds provided by https://www.thesackrace.com/teams/oldham-athletic
Owen Coyle 2/1
A much-travelled striker who mainly played north of the border, Coyle managed Burnley, Wigan, Blackburn and Bolton and might be looking to add Oldham to his obvious desire to have managed every team in Lancashire.
PRO’S No nonsense Glaswegian
CON’S Doesn’t drink
Gary Bowyer 6/1
Certainly not a much traveled player or striker but he did guide Blackpool back into League One in his first season in charge.
PRO’S Quit Blackpool having tired of the shambolic running of the seaside club.
CON’S (See PRO’S)
Darren Ferguson 6/1
Successful at Peterborough in two spells but resigned from Doncaster in June 2018. Currently without a job.
PRO’S Once said he was going to shoot a referee.
CON’S His Dad might turn up to watch him.
John Askey 12/1
Probably in the short list only because he had a decent spell at Macclesfield. PRO’S Managed to get Macclesfield back into League Football despite reports that the players weren’t being paid.
CON’S Nobody has heard of him.
Kevin Nolan 10/1
A decent career as a player but an indifferent one as a manager. Sacked by Notts County this season.
PRO’S Will probably accept buttons as wages.
CON’S Was in the Bolton side that knocked us out of the FA Cup in 2005. Oldham fans have long memories.
Paul Hurst 14/1
Fast emerging as the Oldham fan’s favourite for some reason.
PRO’S Was committed to working within Ipswich Town’s small transfer budget and the Championship’s lowest wage bill.
CON’S It didn’t work.
Darrell Clarke 16/1
Certainly not the experienced man Oldham fans are reputably looking for but he did have some success at Bristol Rovers.
PRO’S Not afraid to lay blame at the feet of the board if necessary.
CON’S Looks like a car salesman
Peter Clarke 14/1
Oldham’s current captain and for some, the obvious choice to avoid any disruption in team morale.
PRO’S Knows what he’s getting into.
CON’S Knows too much
Mark Hughes n/a
May be persuaded to take a drop in wages and become Oldham’s most unpopular manager in its history before he’s put a foot on the pitch due to that goal.
PRO’S I’m sure there must be at least one.
CON’S You really shouldn’t need to ask.
George Parkin n/a
What George severely lacks in experience he more than makes up for in enthusiasm. A very left-field tongue-in-cheek choice I admit, however, perhaps it’s time for a supporter to take over – why not.
PRO’S Will more than halve what we spend on playing kit.
CON’S May not be able to remain in the technical area for long.