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Ex-Ireland international becomes Oldham manager for 5th time

John Sheridan has made a swift return to management after leaving Notts County recently.

John Sheridan is the new Oldham boss.
John Sheridan is the new Oldham boss.
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JOHN SHERIDAN, THE ex-footballer who represented Ireland in the 1990 and 1994 World Cups, has been confirmed as the new manager of struggling League One side Oldham.

It follows the sacking of Stephen Robinson, with the club currently bottom of the table and without a league win since 18 October.

It is the fifth time that Sheridan, also a former Oldham player, has managed the club — he was appointed caretaker boss in 2001 and 2003, and spent three years as permanent manager between 2006 and 2009. The 52-year-old also took over with the club in the relegation zone almost a year to the day last season before guiding them to safety.

Sheridan left the club for League Two side Notts County last summer, but was sacked from this role earlier in the month.

Chairman Simon Corney expressed regret about the decision to remove Robinson — Northern Ireland’s assistant boss during Euro 2016 — and expressed hope that Sheridan could turn the situation around.

“This is obviously a difficult decision,” he told the club website. ”Stephen is a talented coach who we believed could make the transition into a successful manager.

Unfortunately things have not worked out for him or the club and we felt that a change needed to be made.

“John is obviously someone we know well and we hope he can have an immediate effect on our current situation.”

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