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VIDEO: Sacked Oldham kitman kicked out of Latics match – fans turn on the club

An ex kitman of Oldham Athletic was kicked out from one of their matches, which has led to a divided opinion from social media users on whether it was the right thing to do.

Steve Cross, who is currently the kit manager at Bradford City, was escorted out by stewards and security whilst he was watching a 1-1 draw against Cheltenham Town.

Danny Taylor wrote on social media: “Club is absolutely bollocksed…paid his money to watch a club he used to work for and is ejected due to a disagreement (like everybody else) with the ?.

“Fear for our club, genuinely do…heartbreaking to see the way our club has accelerated its decline .”

It is said on Twitter that he is in a long line of people who has disagreed with the ownership and been banned because he isn’t wanted there.

He was allegedly sacked/unfairly dismissed by the club, sued an employer at Oldham and dished it out online.

Some took to voice their anger towards the Latics for kicking him out, though others have criticised the former kitman by saying ‘why would you go back to knowing you had been banned’ as well as defending the owner for having the right too choose who he wants in and out of the ground.

The anger from fans towards to ownership is well known, since Abdallah Lemsagam took over of Oldham in January 2018, five managers have been sacked and appointed (one of them twice for both).

Lemsagam bailed the club out repeatedly as the they faced winding-up petitions brought by HM Revenue and Customs.

In June 2018, Oldham’s wage budget went reportedly from around £1.4 million to approaching £2.4m after the club finished 21st in League One and relegated to League Two.

A club statement was issued claiming the club was in the midst of re-building or they would have become the next Leyton Orient to drop out of the EFL.

As the new season dawned, Lemsagam bought supporters scarves and promised fortunes would improve.

Delivering his version of events, he said in a statement: “When I first came in, a lot of creditors who had not been paid by the previous regime issued court proceedings and winding-up orders. After a long process, there are now no remaining winding-up procedures and we are working hard to clear the final old debts that the club is responsible for. In particular, there are no longer debts owing to HMRC.

“It became clear quickly that the club could not continue the way it had been running: borrowing money from one person to pay another and selling off future assets, leaving a black hole for the future.”

To comply with financial fair play rules, he cut down the club’s budget, but striker Craig Davies was among those to leave, launching a blistering attack on the owner. “With all the good at the club, I wish it well in an unclear future because I can honestly say in the 14 years I’ve been a professional footballer, I’ve never worked for someone that thinks it’s acceptable to treat his staff and players in such a bad way,” he told the Manchester Evening News.

Club legend Frankie Bunn, who scored six goals in one match and played for Oldham at Wembley, took charge over the summer but after Boxing Day’s 6-0 hammering at Carlisle, he was given the boot. He reportedly received the news via email with the club sitting 12th in League Two.

Caretaker manager Pete Wild, an academy coach, has steered the club to back-to-back league wins against Notts County and Port Vale but also produced an FA Cup upset over then Premier League Fulham.

After eight matches in charge (four wins, three losses, and one draw), he left and was replaced by Paul Scholes, who lasted seven matches (7 games, 1 win, 3 draws, 3 losses), and Pete Wild returned as caretaker for another eight games (had the exact same record), then left at the end of the 2018/19 season for personal reasons.

Laurent Banide was appointed for his first ever spell as manager in England and the club’s first manager from outside the British isles. He lasted 11 games however and got axed (his record, 11 games, 2 wins, 4 draws and 5 losses).

Dino Maamria was appointed in September 2019, the club’s first non-european manager and has won, drew and lost a game each. How long will he last we wonder.

After watching the video of an ex Oldham kitman getting kicked out, fans gave a divided opinion on whether it was the right thing to do – see those tweets for yourself by clicking on the next page.


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