Could Neil Redfearn return to Oldham as manager?by Jack Kitson / 11 June 2018, 11:24Tweet
Oldham are on the hunt for their third manager in eight months following last week’s sacking of Richie Wellens.
So far boyhood Oldham fan Paul Scholes has been linked with the Latics, as has the club’s defender Peter Clarke, who at one point was the scorching hot 1/5 frontrunner to make the move into management with the Greater Manchester outfit.
However, it’s now Neil Redfearn who tops the next Oldham manager market at 1/2, with Clarke and Scholes both drifting to 3/1 and 5/1 respectively.
Earlier this month Redfearn was in contention to become the next Carlisle manager but that job eventually went to John Sheridan.
But the Doncaster Rovers Belles boss has now zoomed into the mix for another Football league fancy at former club Oldham, with whom he played for in the late-1980s/early-1990s.
During his time at Boundary Park he helped the club end their 68-year wait for a return to the top-flight following their 1990/91 Second Division title success - it was Redfearn’s last-gasp penalty kick which sealed the championship.
After a couple of caretaker spells at Halifax, Redfearn bagged his first full-time job in management with Scarborough in 2005. A spell at Northwich Victoria followed, plus a caretaker stint at York, then Leeds, but his big break came in November 2014 when the Whites offered him the permanent post.
When Redfearn took over the club were hovering dangerously above the relegation zone but he went on to steer his troops to 15th spot, 15 points clear of the drop zone. However, he was then ruthlessly axed in the summer of 2015 after trigger-happy owner Massimo Cellino bizarrely branded him “weak” and “a baby”.
Redfearn would return to the dugout with Rotherham, where he lasted just four months, but he’s since enjoyed success with Doncaster Belles who he led to the Women's Super League Two title last term, however the club will remain in the second tier next season after they are unable to afford a licence to play in the top flight.