Oldham Athletic

Oldham set to hire new boss

Motherwell and Northern Ireland assistant manager Steve Robinson has opened talks with Oldham Athletic over the vacant managerial role at Boundary Park.

The 41-year-old Northern Irishman is set for a move south of the border, quitting his role as assistant to boss Mark McGhee at Scottish Premiership side Motherwell.

The Latics have been on the hunt for a new manager since John Sheridan departed as head coach in May, four months after initially accepting the role whilst boss of League Two side Newport County.

It first appeared that former Leeds boss Steve Evans was on the cusp of accepting the manager role at Boundary Park earlier this summer, however ultimately decided to reject the offer to take control at the League One club.

However, Oldham look to be on the verge of finally landing their man, with Robinson set to take the reigns only a month away from the beginning of the 2016/17 campaign.

Robinson’s playing career spanned six clubs, most notably making 241 league appearances with Bournemouth over a six year period between 1994 and 2000.

Despite having only entered first-team management in 2015, Robinson has already achieved marked success. Robinson as assistant boss guided Motherwell to 5th in the Scottish Premiership in 2016, whilst also being part of the managerial team that spear-headed Northern Ireland’s surging and improbable run to the Euro 2016 quarter-final stage.

After a 17th place finish last campaign, Robinson will be tasked with the challenge of ensuring Oldham’s third tier status for another season.

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