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How can Dino Maamria get Oldham Athletic motoring again in League 2

Oldham Athletic appointed Dino Maamria as their new manager yesterday, just 20 minutes after sacking Laurent Banide. The Latics sit perilously close to the foot of the table and need a couple of results to kick-start their season.

The Latics have drawn their last three league games 2-2 against Plymouth Argyle, Grimsby Town and Scunthorpe United, so you could argue Banide has been a little unlucky in recent weeks. If Oldham had held on in a couple of those games, they’d be halfway up the league and the Frenchman would probably have kept his job. That’s football for you.

However, without sounding harsh, I don’t think Banide was ever going to work. To come to your first English club, with no money and an average squad, was always going to prevent its difficulties. One thing that Maamria recognised in his press conference, was that Oldham is a historic club that he is honoured to work for, that’s important.

Oldham have a strong, loyal fanbase. New managers need to connect with fans on a personal level and make them proud to be Oldham supporters. The fans will turn up in decent numbers on Saturday vs Morecambe, hoping for a result to kick off the fresh start. One big win and good performance will get the fans on side, so it’s imperative they start well.

Oldham have a squad that is capable of finishing mid-table in League Two. They’ve been scoring goals this season, just conceding them too, which is a problem Maamria will address immediately. He’ll be looking to make Boundary Park a fortress, get his side well organised to stop conceding goals, and building a side that Oldham fans will enjoy watching.

Oldham Athletic need to bring in this defender to stop conceding, agree?

Oldham Athletic conceded another two goals on Saturday, as they drew 2-2 with Grimsby Town. The Latics led 2-0 before Grimsby hit back with two late goals to snatch a point.

In their past two games, Oldham has scored four goals against Grimsby and Plymouth Argyle. Scoring goals clearly isn’t their problem, leading 2-0 at home with 10 minutes to go, you should be winning the game, simple. Plymouth was one of the pre-season favourites to win League Two, again scoring two away at Plymouth is good, but they’re conceding too many goals.

The Latics sit near the foot of the table, so it’s important they fix up the defence quickly, otherwise, they’ll have a relegation battle on their hands come May.

So, what can Laurent Banide do tonight, to try and strengthen their defence…

Zachary Mills

Zachary Mills was signed from Morecambe at the end of last season. He performed well for them last season but has rarely featured so far for The Latics. The fact they were leading 2-0 on Saturday with 10 minutes to go, and not winning the game, suggests it’s a lack of experience which is hurting Oldham, and they’re struggling to manage games.

Mills has played in the EFL for a number of years, for Grimsby and Morecambe. Perhaps he can provide some stability and experience, to shore up the defence.

Also, youngster Jamie Stott is awaiting for his first league start of the season. Although Oldham will be looking for a proven defender, they aren’t blessed with an array of options or a big transfer budget. Give Stott his chance, he might surprise a few and thrive on the opportunity.

It’s time: Oldham Athletic must move for Phil Parkinson

The Laurent Banide gamble has failed, it’s time for a change, otherwise Oldham Athletic could find themselves playing non-league football from next season.

It was always a strange appointment. A manager that had no experience of English football, and joined Oldham completely out the blue. It hasn’t worked, as The Latics sit near the foot of League Two. Once you start losing games at this level, it’s very difficult to stop. If Oldham gets rid now and appoint the right replacement, there’s still plenty of games and points, to ensure they stay clear of relegation.

The Latics have won just one of their opening seven league games, with the biggest worry being their home form. Banide’s side have picked up just 2 points at home when they drew 0-0 to Exeter and yesterday’s 2-2 draw. It’s very difficult to get fans on your side and believing in the team when you aren’t picking up points or playing well at home.

The new manager needs to build that connection with the home supporters, make them proud to support Oldham again and give them something to cheer about. Phil Parkinson knows the EFL like the back of his hand. He did a tremendous job at Bradford City, and Bolton Wanderers, under the circumstances.

He won’t be available for long. Parkinson is a highly regarded and respected football manager, whoever is lucky enough to get his signature will be very pleased.

Parkinson will shore up a leaky defence, before anything else. The Latics struggling for goals, perhaps the former Bolton boss will look to utilise the loan market in January, to find a striker that will keep them in the division.

Oldham Athletic needs Banide to achieve these 2 vital things this season, agree?

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.

Staying afloat

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…

Banide’s philosophies

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.

Why making ex-Bolton man Captain will be a good move from Oldham Athletic

David Wheater has been made the captain of Oldham Athletic for the 2019/20 campaign. The Redcar born defender will provide significant experience to a misfiring backline. Wheater is well known for his leadership qualities, having served Middlesbrough and Bolton Wanderers for the majority of his career.

The 32-year-old was at Bolton last season, however, after all of their financial difficulties, the defender has opted for a move to the Latics.

Although Wheater’s best years are probably behind him, he is still very capable of doing well at this level. A very strong, tough defender that is dangerous in both boxes. Wheater scored 15 goals during his time at Bolton.

Oldham have a relatively young, inexperienced squad. Wheater will add that experience and leadership that you need in this division. Having played for Middlesbrough and Bolton in the Championship, he is proven at a higher level than this. However, he may make his presence felt and be more beneficial to Oldham, off the pitch.

To have a player like him in training and in the dressing room, it’s sure will give a massive boost to Oldham. When it comes to seeing out results, you can guarantee Wheater will fight and win his battles in defence. It’s important that Laurent Banide builds a defence around him, that can benefit from his experience.

Oldham have started the season poorly, picking up just four points from their opening five matches. A 1-2 win over Cambridge United on Saturday will hopefully provide that stepping stone they can kick on from. The Latics return to Boundary Park on Saturday to face Colchester United, hoping to string together back-to-back wins, which would propel them towards mid-table.

2 positives from Oldham Athletic fan’s can gain from last night’s draw

Oldham Athletic played Exeter last night which ended in a 0-0 draw. The Football Manc Cave is looking at two positives that can be taken from their performance.

Oldham fans have become increasingly frustrated with their team’s losses. I have been saying for a while that the signings over the summer came too late and didn’t leave enough time for the new manager, Laurent Banide to get them gelled into the team.

If these signings had been made earlier, maybe they’d have been more prepared and the squad have also had to adapt to their new manager. Even though it’s come too late, maybe now things are starting to come together with Oldham winning their first point.

Here are 2 positives fans can take from the draw…

Clean Sheet

Not only was it their first point of this season, but it was also a clean sheet which shows how the defence has started to come together. The defence was a serious talking point all summer because of the lack of signings. Prayers were answered when David Wheater put pen to paper, the only thing is, he’s been out the last few weeks. He was back in action last night and Banide has pointed him out as being a key player.

Aim For More

Now that the defence is looking to be improving and they’re getting draws, now they need to go for wins. Now that the back four are tighter, attacking and creating chances needs to be the next step. Sure, Oldham is going to face other losses and draws before they go on to win, however, this is hopefully a turning point. I along with many others predicted a loss last night but they didn’t and it’s given fans a bit of hope.

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 Oldham Athletic players that need to shine for Binade against Blackburn Rovers

Laurent Banide could find a pass this season if he can take his team far in the Carabao Cup. But he needs these two Oldham Athletic players to show up to see them past Blackburn Rovers…

Oldham Athletic was keen on beginning the season under new manager Laurent Banide, as the Frenchman looks to take Oldham Athletic to the other end of the table.

Unfortunately for the Latics, they currently find themselves on zero points after two games in League Two. They have played both home and away and have been outplayed on both occasions, suffering from less possession and fewer passes than their opponents.

Banide’s side was dominated by a strong Forest Green. But was also easily bested by a Crewe side who was recently obliterated by Plymouth Argyle. This shows that Oldham is unable to match not only the top teams but the fairly average teams also.

Regardless, Banide’s Latics will go toe to toe against Championship’s Blackburn Rovers. They currently find themselves on zero points after two games. Though they have faced very fierce opponents in Fulham and Charlton.

Should Oldham cause an upset in this game, they would need moments of brilliance from the quality they have, as it appears the reigns of Banide aren’t controlling much thus far.

The Football Manc Cave bring you the two players who can lead Oldham Athletic to victory in this big League Cup tie…

Scott Wilson

Banide has started Wilson upfront in both games of the league so far. It appears that he is in favour with the manager and that the Latics believe he can be their goalscorer. The 26-year-old Englishman Scott Wilson scored 14 and assisted 5 for Macclesfield in the 17/18 National League, and continued with 10 goals and 2 assists for the same side in the 18/19 EFL League Two.

Now in the Oldham Athletic strip, Wilson needs to take his game up a level and live up to the trust placed in him by the manager. A winning goal in a cup game against a tough opponent would kick start his career with Oldham.

Chris Eagles

Another recent acquisition for the side is ex-Man Utd and Burnley man Chris Eagles. The 33-year-old is still kicking it. Against such a tough opponent, Oldham Athletic must utilize the experience and quality they have in Eagles.

He has faced teams of all strength and sizes and will be able to set the bar for his teammates against a team who, on paper, beat them with ease.

‘This club is on a massive decline along with the attendance’s because it’s NOT the club we grew up to love’ Oldham Athletic fans react!

Oldham Athletic lost their opening home game of the season against Crewe Alexandra, despite taking the lead after just two minutes.

The Latics have lost both of their opening league games, following last weeks defeat at Forest Green. Laurent Banide is under immediate pressure, as judging from the fans’ reaction to the performance on Saturday, they aren’t warming to him just yet.

Let’s have a look at who they are pointing the finger at…

Oldham Athletic’s back four should look like this on Saturday against Crewe

Oldham Athletic lost their opening day fixture away at Forest Green, 1-0. They return to Boundary Park on Saturday, to face Crewe Alexandra.

The Latics struggled to create many major opportunities on Saturday, perhaps that’s where Laurent Banide will look to freshen things up…

However, I look at how their defence should line-up on Saturday…

Alex Iacovitti

Starting with Alex Iacovitti at right-back. A solid young, versatile defender at League Two level. With Latics struggling to create goal-scoring opportunities, perhaps the youngster can look to attack more often and offer support to his winger.

Ashley Smith-Brown

On the other side, I’d give a chance to youngster Ashley Smith-Brown, he’ll inject that energy and pace that Oldham requires. After coming through Manchester City’s academy, Smith-Brown will be looking for first-team football and a regular starting spot at Oldham. The Latics not having the spending power of some of their rivals, perhaps Banide will need to gamble and use his full-backs to start attacks out wide.

David Wheater

The centre half partnership will remain the same on Saturday, and probably for the full season, barring injuries. David Wheater was a brilliant signing. Although he’s entering the latter parts of his career, and his best years are behind him. He still offers that leadership that you need in that league, especially playing in a young, inexperienced squad. Wheater offers a threat in both boxes, with his physicality and strength.

Thomas Hamer

Thomas Hamer has been at the club since 2017. After George Edmundson left to join Rangers this summer, this is his chance to nail down a starting spot and create a partnership alongside Wheater.

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