Scholes, Ferguson and Redfearn linked with Oldham Athletic following Wellens sacking

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 08 June 2018, 13:33

Oldham have terminated the contract of manager Richie Wellens and will look to name his replacement as soon as possible.

Early names in the frame include Paul Scholes, Darren Ferguson and Neil Redfearn, while Peter Clarke, Owen Coyle, Paul Heckingbottom and Gary Caldwell also feature in the Next Oldham Manager Market.

Scholes has been linked with boyhood club Oldham on a number of occasions, including last season when he was interviewed for the post, but missed out to Wellens.

Now the vacancy is once again up for grabs, he may fancy his chances of bagging the League Two job, and in turn follow Frank Lampard and Steve Gerrard into management.

One man you can (pretty much) rule out is John Sheridan.

The 53-year-old has had no fewer than five permanent and caretaker spells in charge of Oldham, with the most recently stint back in 2017.

However, earlier this week he was unveiled as the new Carlisle manager after leaving his post at Fleetwood Town last season.

Wellens originally took charge of Oldham in a caretaker capacity following Sheridan’s exit back in September, and the following month he was handed the permanent job after overseeing a five game unbeaten run.

However, in the end he was unable to keep the Latics in League One - they missed out on survival by a single point - and he’s now been sent packing with a record of 14 wins, 16 draws and 13 defeats from 43 games in charge.

In a statement Oldham said:

“We would like to thank Richie for all his efforts.

“Whilst he was unable to guide us to League One safety after being appointed in October, it certainly wasn’t due to a lack of professionalism and dedication on his part and we wish him every success for the future.

“The club will look to appoint a new manager as soon as possible and will be making no further comment at this time.”


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