If there was a relief when Paul Scholes arrived at Oldham just over a month ago following what sounded like complicated negotiations, it will have turned to stunned incredulity with the news that he had walked out and we are yet again looking for a new manager. When Frankie Bunn left in December, fans were quick to point out that we would be very lucky to find someone else given the reputation that owner Abdallah Lemsagam now has over his alleged meddling in team affairs.
Not unsurprisingly, there has been little discussion on social media as to who might be the next person in charge. Most people are sick to the back teeth of the circus the club has become. Common sense would suggest that Peter Wild once more steps into the breach and with only nine games remaining, that seems like the best option. This hasn’t stopped the speculation however with Wild and assistant manager Mick Priest both 4/1 for the job.
If Oldham are going to drag themselves out of the current farce however, they surely now need to appoint someone with a proven track record at this level. The list of possible newcomers is a lengthy one but more out of hope than desire, I am going to omit any of them who would be entering management for the first time. This is the current list of favourites.
Dino Maamria 7/2
Pipping, both Wild and Priest for favourite spot is current Stevenage boss Maamria. Not entirely sure as to why he’s in the frame but it could have something to do with him being the only African manager in British football, and his possible links with our Moroccan chairman.
John Askey 8/1
Another manager who has currently got a club but only has a contract till the end of the season. As Port Vale are at the wrong end of the League Two table, he might well be hedging his bets. Applied after Bunn left so might still be interested.
Steven Pressley 12/1
Pressley was given a contract to the end of this season with Carlisle who currently lie two points off a play off place. If he gives that up for the Oldham job he needs his head testing.
Paul Heckingbottom 14/1
I’m not sure who compiles these lists of prospective candidates but if Latics can persuade the current Hibernian boss to swap 6th place in the Scottish Premier League for life in League Two, I will finally admit that the world has gone mad.
Jacques Santini 14/1
The former French national side manager’s name pops up again after he was allegedly spotted in the directors box after Bunn was sacked. Rumours that it was just somebody who’d had a beret bought them for Christmas were probably true.
Phil Brown 16/1
Currently with Indian Super League side Pune City, much travelled Brown seems to have decided to get as many miles between himself and British football as possible. Don’t blame him.
The rest of the list includes those currently without a job. They include Darrell Clarke, David Hopkin, Paul Hurst, Darren Moore, Russell Slade, Lee Clark, Harry Kewell and John Sheridan. Surely not…..