If someone who knew absolutely nothing about football was asked to write a book about the game and make it as far fetched as possible, they couldn’t possibly hope to reach the standard currently displayed by Oldham Athletic.
The news that Paul Scholes has walked out of the club after 31 days, will be viewed by some Latics fans as positive proof that owner Abdallah Lemsagam should never have been let anywhere near Oldham Athletic in the first place.
The reason being given is that it became clear to Scholes that he would not be able to operate as he intended and, was led to believe prior to taking on the role.
With the news and press release barely minutes old, Latics fans were torn between believing that Scholes has been the victim of a massive confidence trick or, that his realisation of the magnitude of the job in hand had finally dawned on him. Whatever the reason, 31 days is absolutely no time to settle into a job in football and, even if Scholes’ explanation is nearer the truth, it does his reputation no good at all.
Whatever the reason is, it is unlikely that Latics fans will be treated to any sort of explanation as the transparency that was promised some time ago has become a foggy view into a darkened room.
What is absolutely clear however is that Oldham Athletic’s place as the clown club of League football has been firmly cemented into history. No amount of madness compares to what has emerged from Boundary Park over the years. It would make interesting reading if it wasn’t so tragic.
The spotlight must now, once again fall on those who might see the managerial job at Oldham as a valid job opportunity. It defies belief that there was more than a handful of likely faces hoping to be chosen in front of Scholes, and whether their interest is still as strong is doubtful.
The most likely person to take up the reins is Peter Wild again. It is unlikely that a new face will be introduced with only nine games remaining and, Peter might well go some way to placating the fans who have decided that this season ended at Lincoln.
There were people who had already decided to call an end to the season and others who had serious doubts about renewing their season tickets. This latest debacle will not have helped change their minds one little bit.
Some may decide that they can stand the torture no longer and sever their ties for good. Nobody will blame them.