Earlier this afternoon League Two Oldham Athletic announced they’ve sacked manager Richie Wellens following relegation from League One last campaign.
Last season, under Richie Wellens, Oldham were relegated after finishing 21st in the league on 50 points, just a single point from safety. They only managed to win 11 out of the 46 games (the joint second lowest in the league) and it was their defensive issues that were a major part of that poor showing. They conceded a massive 75 goals in 46 games which was also the second worst in the league. They did manage to score a quite respectable 58 goals but it was never going to come close to being enough given their defensive woes.
The early favourite to take the reigns at Oldham is current player and former Huddersfield Town player Peter Clarke at odds of 1/3. Clarke has no previous managerial experience so to appoint him when they’re trying to get promoted out of such a tough division at the first time of asking my be a risky move and a surprise to many football fans but sometimes these risks do pay off.
A big surprise is that former Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom has been mentioned as an early outsider for the job and currently has odds of 20/1 with Sky Bet. Heckingbottom may be just been sacked from Leeds but he has experience in the lower leagues of the professional English game which could be vital for a club like Oldham.
The 40-year-old already has a two honours under his belt in just three years of professional management. In the 2015/16 season with Barnsley he won, what was known back then as, the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. Later on in the season he also won promotion with Barnsley after guiding his team to a 3-1 win over Millwall in the play-off final at Wembley.