It is often argued that Managers are only three defeats away from being threatened with the sack, and in the mad world that is Oldham Athletic, that is usually true.
Stand in coach Peter Wild ended the season with three defeats and although nobody is calling for his head, it is pretty clear that Athletic will, once again be in the market for a new manager this summer. Speculation was rife after Frank Bunn was sacked with numerous names being thrown into the ring – none of which came even remotely close to being appointed.
However, the list of the unknown and undeserving will no doubt be soon drawn up and it is perhaps, therefore, time to dust off some of those names that were being touted after Bunn left and see if their competence is still valid. It has been agreed on many occasions that there is a need for a manager with previous experience to be put in charge, rather than an ex-player or a rookie manager looking to get on the first rungs of the ladder.
Bearing that in mind, it is perhaps wise to ignore some of the people who are currently out of work who failed miserably in their last posts. Such an appointment would tip already nervous Oldham fans over the abyss into madness.
Two managers who might suit the job and shouldn’t cause too many palpitations are…
In Hull, when you mention Phil Brown to the average City supporter, they get very misty-eyed about the four years he spent with them between 2006-10 leading them into the Premier League. Brown is currently the head coach of Indian Super League outfit FC Pune City, but the length of his contract there is unknown. He has a great deal of experience and might be persuaded to return to the UK.
Currently, manager of Partick Thistle, Caldwell had a spell with Wigan and a less successful period with Chesterfield. He appears to have a no-nonsense approach to the game which was demonstrated when in the lead up to his side’s critical last-day showdown with Queen of the South. Where both teams were playing to avoid the relegation play-off position, Caldwell’s assistant Brian Kerr took to the private team WhatsApp group to ask the Thistle players to submit their own starting XIs for the match anonymously.
That message subsequently found its way into the public domain, leaving Caldwell furious with the culprit, understood to be striker Ally Roy. Roy wasn’t on the bus to Dumfries that afternoon, and Caldwell was keen to emphasise that he alone would bear responsibility for selecting a side from those who travelled with him!
If nothing else, Gary Caldwell would put paid to any stories about Abdallah Lemsagam picking the side.