Oldham Athletic replace Stephen Robinson with John Sheridan

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 12 January 2017, 15:07

Oldham Athletic have sacked manager Stephen Robinson and replaced him with former boss John Sheridan, who returns to the club for a third crack of the whip.

Earlier today the Oldham Evening Chronicle reported that the cash-strapped club were set to pull the trigger on Robinson, and that’s now proved to be the case, with the 42-year-old lasting just six months in the dugout.

Robinson leaves the struggling League One outfit rooted to the foot of the table, three points adrift of safety.

The luckless Latics have not won a single league game since mid-October, while they’ve failed to even score in their last five matches in all competitions.

In total Robinson, who only took over from Sheridan in July, was victorious in just seven of his 33 matches in charge, giving him a win percentage of just 21%.

Oldham have acted swiftly by appointing Sheridan who himself was sacked by Notts County just 10 days ago, meaning this will be his fith job in 18 months.

Sheridan spent two stints in caretaker charge of Oldham before bagging the job permanently in 2006, overseeing 151 games, and leading the club into the League One play-offs in 2006/07, before leaving in 2009.

Sheridan then had spells in charge of Chesterfield, Plymouth and Newport, only to return to Oldham a year ago (nearly a year to do the day…13th January 2016).

The former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder went on to save the Latics from the dreaded drop, but left the club in the summer in order to take charge of League Two outfit Notts County.

Now the 52-year-old returns to Boundary Park for a third tenure and will once again be tasked with keeping the club in the third-tier, with his first match in charge at home to Gillingham on Saturday.

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