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IN OPPOSITION: OLDHAM ATHLETIC

6 July 2016

It's been a tough summer for The Latics. They have publicly dismissed a winding-up petition that was brought against them by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, they have lost some key players and their search for a new manager continues following John Sheridan's departure for League Two side Notts County.

Oldham finished 17th in the league last season, and the supporters will be hoping the club can defy the odds to finish in the top half of the table and perhaps even mount a play-off push. The club qualified for the League One play-offs in 2006-07 and although the following two seasons they finished 8th and 10th respectively, they have yet to finish in the top half ever since. 

The Latics have lost a number of key players heading into the new campaign and whoever is tasked with filling the managerial vacancy left by John Sheridan will have a degree of rebuilding to undertake. Messrs Coleman, Forte, Poleon and Kelly have all departed and they're yet to bring a player in, although this is understandable with no manager yet appointed.

AT THE HELM: N/A

During the summer, as you'd expect, there has been a number of names linked with the vacant managerial position at Oldham Athletic. One manager heavily linked until allegedly ruling himself out of the running, was former Leeds United and Rotherham United boss, Steve Evans.

Boyhood fan and Manchester United legend Paul Scholes had previously been linked with the job and the club are now reportedly turning their interest to Jimmy Nicholl who is the current assistant manager with the Northern Irish national team. Who gets the job at Oldham remains to be seen.

DANGER MEN:

A number of key men as mentioned previously in the article have left the club and the squad remains low on numbers. Rhys Murphy is an interesting player; having spent time as a trainee at Arsenal, he spent time playing in Holland with Telstar before returning to England with Dagenham & Redbridge. 

His form in East London alerted a number of clubs, including Oldham Athletic who signed him for a nominal fee. He is yet to hit great heights for the Greater Manchester outfit, but his form on loan at Crawley Town last season (9 goals in 16 appearance) gave an indication of what the 25 year old frontman is capable of.

HEAD TO HEAD:

The two teams have met on a whopping 104 occasions in all competitions with Oldham taking the upper-hand in terms of wins recorded with 41. Bradford have won 32 times with 31 draws being recorded.

City completed a league double against The Latics last season. The first meeting was at Oldham's SportsDirect.com Park in September, with goals from Reece Burke and Devante Cole helping Phil Parkinson's men to a 2-1 victory. The double was completed in January with a Tony McMahon header handing the Bantams all three points.

THEIR OWN PATCH:

SportsDirect.com Park

A ground that will still be known to many as Boundary Park, it has undergone a significant transformation during the last couple of years with the development of the new North Stand.

Having taken a while to be fully completed, it is now ready for use and can house well in excess of 2,000 supporters. Away fans were traditionally housed in The Verlin Stand although last season, City fans were moved to the opposite end of the ground, in The ZenOffice Stand. The two stands behind each goal have a similar capacity and then opposite the newly developed North Stand is the George Hill (Main) Stand, a really traditional lower league English stand which is where the majority of the home fans are usually housed.

13,500Capacity:

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FANCY A FLUTTER?

Sky Bet have considered Oldham Athletic as rank outsiders to achieve promotion from League One this coming campaign with odds at 22/1. The Latics are 66/1 to win the title and at the other end of the
scale, they are favourites at 13/8 to be relegated into League Two come the end of the season.

www.skybet.com


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