League Two newcomers Oldham Athletic have appointed a new manager to replace Richie Wellens. Having been relegated from League One at the end of last season, they chose to sack Wellens even though he had only been in charge since September 2017, waiting until June 8th before making their decision to make the change. The Latics have now opted for former striker Frankie Bunn, who has been appointed on a one year deal.
This is the 55 year old's first permanent front line appointment, with his only other experience of first team management being a two game spell as joint Caretaker Manager of Coventry City back in 2008. Otherwise he's been largely employed as a Development Coach at various clubs, with his most recent role at Huddersfield Town ending in December 2017. He's also been on the coaching staff at Wigan Athletic, Coventry City, Manchester City and Rochdale.
Bunn's playing spell with Oldham came between 1987 and 1990. He is a competition record holder, having scored six goals in a single League Cup match against Scarborough Athletic in October 1989 - the most a player has scored in a single match in that competition. Overall he scored 35 goals in 88 appearances at Boundary Park.
Earlier this month, Oldham owner Abdallah Lemsagam had to douse down reports that Oldham were in financial problems, following claims made by the Daily Mail that the club were the 'next Leyton Orient', sparked by over-inflated wages given to foreign imports inducing dressing room unrest at Boundary Park. The report claimed that Oldham's playing budget had risen from £1.4 million to £2.4 million. Their owner, who is a Dubai-based Moroccan that used to be employed as a Football Agent, has chosen not to deny any of the reports, but states that the 'mess' the club was in at the time of his January 2018 takeover was greater than he anticipated, trying to put some of the problems down to the process of trying to change the way the club was being managed:
"My long-term aim and ambition for the club has not changed. I have never run away from any challenge and will not be doing so at Oldham. I am still fully committed to this great club. It is unfortunate that recent media reports have been made to damage our club. I will not be making any further comments in respect of the media article and will focus our energy on the real and important tasks in hand. We will let our actions speak for themselves. I have invested several millions in the club since my arrival but unfortunately the mess was bigger then we expected. Let me be clear, I am here for the long term. I will continue to invest whenever it is needed but our ultimate goal is to run the club in a responsible and sustainable manner."
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