Troubled Oldham Athletic to place trust in managerial rookie

Oldham Athletic have interviewed Lee Johnson in regards to their vacant managerial position.

Latics fans will forever remember this season for their impressive run in the FA Cup, which saw them defeat Nottingham Forest and Premier League giants Liverpool, before eventually falling to Everton in a fifth round replay. In the bread and butter of the league, though, they have endured a miserable campaign, which led to the departure of Paul Dickov in February.

Tony Philliskirk has since been in charge of the Boundary Park outfit on a caretaker basis, but despite winning his first three games, the 1-0 home defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon was a third successive reversal. This result leaves Oldham fourth-bottom of the League One standings and two points off safety, although they do have games in hand.

The board have been busy identifying a successor to Dickov in recent weeks, and a number of names, such as Iain Dowie and even Manchester United legend Paul Scholes, have been touted as potential candidates. However, according to Sky Sports, it would appear that Johnson is in pole position for the job, having impressed during a recent interview.

The 31-year-old, who is the son of current Yeovil Town boss Gary, has been out of work since leaving Scottish side Kilmarnock in January, and he has no managerial experience.  This doesn’t appear to have deterred the Lancashire club, who are now understood to be prepared to offer him an opportunity to follow his father into management.


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