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Former Ireland international leaves Oldham job for the third time

John Sheridan is looking for a new position after parting company with the League One side.

John Sheridan (file pic).
John Sheridan (file pic).
Image: Simon Cooper

FORMER IRELAND INTERNATIONAL John Sheridan has left the Oldham job, the club have confirmed, following Saturday’s 5-1 defeat by Rotherham.

It was the third time the 52-year-old coach had been in charge at the club. He first managed the team between 2006 and 2009, while he also coached the club for six months in 2016, but left to take over the Notts County job.

After replacing Stephen Robinson back in January with the League One club bottom of the table, Sheridan helped guide Oldham to safety as they finished the season in 17th, four points off the drop zone.

However, the Latics began the new season poorly and are currently rooted to the bottom of the table, having picked up just four points from nine games.

It had been the fifth time in total that Sheridan had been in charge of Oldham, including two stints as caretaker in 2001 and 2003.

Sheridan previously enjoyed a memorable career as a player, lining out for a number of clubs, including Leeds, Sheffield Wednesday and Bolton, in addition to winning 34 Ireland caps and appearing at both the 1990 and 1994 World Cups.

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Part of a statement on the Oldham’s official website after today’s announcement reads as follows:

The Board of Directors would like to place on record their thanks to John for his contribution to the development of the club, not only during this tenure, but as both a player and manager previously.

“His impact over the past two seasons in particular, when he has saved the club from near certain relegation on both occasions, will mean he is always guaranteed a warm welcome here by both the club and fans alike.

This season, however, has not seen the progression we hoped with what was felt to be the nucleus of a good squad, and results, performances and league position have been hugely disappointing.

“Therefore following discussions with John, this decision has been made in the best interests of the club. We wish John well for the future.”

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