Billy Davies linked with a surprise move to Oldhamby Jack Kitson / 28 September 2017, 10:29Tweet
Billy Davies recently declared that a “malicious PR campaign” had cost him a return to management with 17 Premier League, Championship and Scottish clubs told to avoid hiring him ever since his departure from Nottingham Forest over three years ago.
During his lengthy time away from the dugout a disgruntled Davies has been gathering evidence, at a cost of £100,000, against those he feels have attempted to smear his identity - costing him numerous jobs including the Rangers post - but he now feels the time is right to orchestrate a return, stating:
“I am a very good football manager”
The Scot now finds himself as the 2/1 favourite to burst back into management with League One strugglers Oldham, who parted ways with John Sheridan - for the third time - on Monday.
Doncaster Rovers boss Darren Ferguson, former Rotherham gaffer Alan Stubbs, and ex Nancy manager Pablo Correa have all been linked with the Latics, however it’s Davies who has propelled his way to the top of the betting.
Davies began his managerial career with Motherwell in 1998, before moving south of the border with Preston, Derby, then Nottingham Forest, with whom he had two spells with between 2009 and 2014.
Davies led Derby into the Premier League in 2007, while he twice steered Nottingham Forest into the Championship play-offs.
Oldham have endured a poor start to the season, registering only seven points from 10 games, which leaves the club 23rd in the table. However, the club did record a 3-2 victory over Peterborough on Tuesday under caretaker boss Richie Wellens, who could be worth pondering at 16/1 to bag the permanent job.
Wellens is likely to still be overseeing first team affairs on Saturday when Oldham venture down to the South coast where they face mid-table Portsmouth, who have won eight of their last 11 league games on home soil.
While there is a widespread perception that Davies is difficult to work with, his record in the dugout is not to be snarled out, and we for one hope that the Glaswegian finally makes his long-awaited return to management!