Frankie Bunn replaces Richie Wellens at Oldham Athletic

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 13 June 2018, 11:48

Paul Scholes will not be making his managerial bow with boyhood club Oldham Athletic following the news that the club have appointed Frankie Bunn as their new boss at Boundary Park.

Scholes, along with Peter Clarke and Neil Redfearn had emerged as a few of the key contenders in the betting to replace the sacked Richie Wellens, however in a surprise move Oldham have decided to hand Bunn his maiden job in senior management on a one-year contract.

Many Oldham fans will be familiar with Bunn who scored 35 goals in 88 appearances for the Latics between 1987 and 1990 - he remarkably bagged a double hat-trick in the club’s third round League Cup clash back in 1989 (scroll down for video).

In terms of managerial experience he was previously caretaker manager at Coventry City following Iain Dowie’s departure back in 2008. He drew one and lost one of his two games at the helm, before returning to his position as first-team coach under Dowie’s replacement Chris Coleman.

Meanwhile he’s had coaching spells at the likes of Man City, Huddersfield, Wigan, Rochdale and the aforementioned Sky Blues.

The 55-year-old will now be tasked with leading Oldham back up to League One following their relegation down to the fourth-tier last season.

Oldham owner Abdallah Lemsagam told the club's website:

“He knows the club very well from his playing time here and he has a wealth of experience working with young talent which has impressed me.

“I believe he can take the club forward and give Boundary Park something to cheer about.”

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