Is Clarence Seedorf on his way to Oldham?

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 29 September 2017, 09:37

There have been a few surprise names linked with the Oldham job since John Sheridan was axed earlier this week, rangingĀ from Doncaster’s Billy Davies to former Nancy gaffer Pablo Correa, however few would have predicted Clarence Seedorf to abruptly burst into the mix as the odds-on favourite.

But, rub your eyes Oldham fans, that’s exactly what’s happened.

Dutch icon Seedorf, a four-time winner of the European Cup, has stormed to the top of the Next Oldham Manager Market at 4/7, leaping above the likes of Alan Stubbs, Billy Davies, and Ryan Giggs.

The 41-year-old has already had a tour of Boundary Park, before holding talks with Oldham chairman Simon Corney.

However, while Seedorf’s exploits and achievements as a player are simply stunning, the same can’t be said for his career as a manager.

The AC Milan legend took charge of the Italian giants back in January 2014, but come June of that year he’d been sent packing after losing nine of his 22 games at the helm.

Two years later Seedorf returned for a second stab at management, but again flopped, winning only four of his 14 games with Chinese side Shenzhen, before being replaced by Sven-Goran Eriksson.

If Oldham do go ahead and appoint Seedorf the fans will be hoping he’s simply not just another example of a high-profile former player joining a Football League club, only to struggle once the realisation of how tough management is hits them smack in the face.

Take Teddy Sheringham at Stevenage, Edgar Davids at Barne, or Walter Zenga at Wolves as a few pertinent examples.

On the other hand Seedorf’s fellow countryman Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink proved to be an unbridled success at Burton.

In the meantime interim boss Richie Wellens, who led the Latics to a 3-2 victory over Peterborough on Tuesday, will attempt to make it two wins out of two when he takes his troops to Portsmouth on Saturday.

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