It has been announced that Oldham Athletic head coach Pete Wild has turned down the chance to extend his stay at the helm of the club and since left ‘due to personal reasons’.
He was caretaker following the sacking of Frankie Bunn and then took over back in March after Paul Scholes resigned after 31 days.
Since then he’s guided the Latics to the brink of the League Two playoff places, missing out after a 1-0 defeat at Exeter City in the final weeks of the season.
He also enjoyed taking the side to the fourth round of the FA Cup, including beating Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage, before getting knocked out by Doncaster Rovers.
Revolution News claim he was offered the role after the 5-2 defeat at home to Northampton Town though Wild, who acted as the club’s academy manager at the start of the season, has turned down the offer.
It means, Oldham Athletic are on the hunt for their fourth manager this season and fifth since owner Abdallah Lemsagam bought the club in January 2018.
— Oldham Athletic AFC (@OfficialOAFC) May 7, 2019
OLDHAM’S CLUB STATEMENT:
Oldham Athletic Football Club can announce that Pete Wild has decided to leave the club due to personal reasons.
The club would like to place on record a special thanks to Pete for his time and efforts recently as Head Coach, as well as his first spell in caretaker charge earlier in the 2018/19 season which included the memorable FA Cup victory at Fulham, in addition to his excellent work with the academy setup over the years.
On the departure, Owner Abdallah Lemsagam said: “Pete worked extremely hard for this club of which I am grateful for, but came to me today saying he wants to spend some time away from football.
“He’s a great guy, I’m sad to see him go and would’ve liked him to stay with the club but I respect his decision and wish him well for the future.”
An update on the new management team will be made in due course.
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