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Oldham Athletic to part company with manager | top six favourites revealed

Oldham Athletic confirm they are to part company with manager John Sheridan, releasing a statement on Thursday afternoon.

The National League club, who sit 16th with 8 points from 8 games, have announced that the 57-year-old, who has had six spells in charge at Boundary Park, will leave his role following Saturday’s home clash with Eastleigh.

In a statement, the club’s owners – who completed a takeover in July – said the decision had been taken ‘having had the chance to assess where the club is at and what changes are required’.


Oldham Athletic can confirm that, following discussions with manager and club legend John Sheridan, it has today been agreed that the time is right for him to step aside.

Having had the chance to assess where the club is at and what changes are required, both the Board and John feel that someone else is needed to take on the major challenge of restoring the club’s fortunes on the field.

To allow him the send-off he deserves and to give fans the opportunity to show their appreciation, John has agreed to take charge for one last time at our home match with Eastleigh on Saturday.

We would place on record our thanks to John for his efforts. He came out of retirement in January because he felt a sense of duty to try and keep the club in the EFL.

However, despite his best efforts and the amazing backing of our fans, that attempt was ultimately unsuccessful. Following relegation – and with the club for sale amid uncertain times – John felt he could not turn his back and so agreed to remain in charge.

The completion of the Rothwell family takeover means that the club’s future has now been secured and with results so far not what everyone had been hoping for, John and the Club now feel that the time is right for both he and Latics to move on as we enter a new era.

It goes without saying that John leaves on very good terms and with nothing but the thanks and utmost respect from the Board and the club.

Shez will forever be a Latics legend and there will be discussions over a permanent tribute to his service at Boundary Park.

A new manager will be appointed in due course.


(15th Sept – 4:20pm)
David Unsworth – 4/1
Mike Williamson – 8/1
Jonathan Woodgate – 10/1
Phil Parkinson (Altrincham) – 10/1
Nigel Adkins – 12/1
Russell Penn – 12/1

(15th Sept – 7:20pm)
David Unsworth – 6/4
Phil Parkinson (Altrincham) – 12/1
Mike Williamson – 12/1
Russell Penn – 14/1
Nigel Adkins – 14/1
Jonathan Woodgate – 14/1

(16th Sept – 12:00pm)
David Unsworth – 1/4
Darren Currie – 14/1
David Artell – 14/1
Phil Parkinson (Altrincham) – 16/1
Mike Williamson – 20/1
Duncan Ferguson – 20/1

Fans gave their reaction as Oldham Athletic confirm they are to part company with manager John Sheridan…

@Wozz77: It’s for the best for us to move forward unfortunately, always gonna be a legend though..

@mattbrock89: Well done Shez, Thank you 👏👏👏 #oafc

@1rhysparsons: Love you Shez ❤️

@the_g_smith: oh my god 🥲 had to be done, thank you for giving us hope Shez we all love you 👏

@oafc19: Thank you for everything Shez. all the best #legend #oafc

@ChrisJStott19: A respectful statement, gutted it hasn’t worked out, always will be a club legend, let’s hope his replacement is given time and support

@ptoafc83: This is a very good statement shows respect & appreciation to him. Thank you, Shez

@NeilTague: Absolutely right he can leave with dignity and head held high.

@phill_oafc_owen: Let’s see how long it is before people are calling for the head of the mew manager, judging by the length of time it took , for the call of lack of investment from the mew owner, I’ll give it 10 weeks !

@Sheron_SZN: Thank you Shez

@dean_hutchings: We thank him and love him but it’s thing right thing to do now #oafc

@Jordanator83: The beautiful man has gone. Thanks for everything Shez. Didn’t work out this season, but you didn’t let it drag out longer than required. Always a club legend 💙

@MrTomNickson: Thanks for everything Shez. Once a blue 💙🤍

@BenCasey1998: Every Oldham fan is incredibly grateful for your service, Shez. Legend in every definition of the word. Time for someone else to take us into our new era #oafc

@beans4abrain: Sheridan has given me some class memories as a young latics fan we’ve not had much success to sing or shout about so I cannot thank him enough for his times at the club and for caring about this club

@razza_699: Onwards and upwards thanks for the memories

@appyclappyclare: Excellently written, respectful statement #oafc

@oafcjamie: Thankyou for everything shez, but this is definitely the right decision 💙

@connor_mcandrew: Our club went about something the right way. Wow we really have been taken over. See you soon shez when we need to escape the national north drop ❤️

@CarlosMarsden: Thanks for everything Shez – yet again. Will always be a special person at #oafc Let’s not rush an appointment. This one *has* to be right – and also be given time, backing and patience.

@cotterbabe: Gutted but not surprised. You will always be a legend at BP. Thank you for trying to save us but we were beyond it although you gave us some hope. Enjoy your retirement 🙂

@StevieDunk: Now that’s how to announce a legend’s departure. Sad it didn’t work out but the right decision. Here’s to you Johnny Sheridan… #oafc

@TivOAFC1: Thanks for everything shez 💙 club legend, enjoy your retirement 🍺

@DannyRh55271597: Right time to go, always loved the guy and always will thanks for your efforts shez. You’ll always be a club legend 💙💙 #oafc

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