Oldham Athletic this morning announced that manager John Sheridan had left the club by mutual consent. The Latics find themselves rooted to the bottom of the League One table with only 4 points so far this season, and following Saturday’s 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Rotherham United, the clubs owners have decided that they are in need of a change in the manager’s hot seat.
With that in mind, I take a look at 3 potential candidates to replace John Sheridan at Boundary Park.
The current Wycombe Wanderers manager could be seen as an ideal replacement for Sheridan. Having taken over at Adams Park in 2012 on a caretaker basis, Ainsworth was quickly given the job permanently as he managed to guide the club out of the relegation zone in League Two.
Ainsworth led Wycombe to the play-off finals in the 2014-2015 season but lost out to Southend United on penalty kicks, and then led the club to the fourth round of the FA Cup last season where they lost out to Tottenham Hotspur.
Despite Wycombe being Ainsworth’s only managerial job, he has shown loyalty as he has been there 5 years and in that time has transformed Wycombe into a club that challenges toward the top of the league table. If Oldham decide to appoint him as manager and he was given the time to rebuild the squad, he could prove to be a good long-term appointment.
An experienced man in Billy Davies could be exactly what the Latics need to help them find a way of moving up the League One table rather than been in a relegation scrap every year.
Having taken Derby County from the Championship to the Premier League, and having guided Preston North End to the playoffs, it is clear to see that Davies knows what is required to get a team competing towards the top end of a league.
With most of his experience coming at a higher level, Davies could be seen an ideal appointment as he could pass on his knowledge from the Championship to the players and also could attract players from the league above which could help Oldham turn their fortunes around.
A man who knows this division very well having led Scunthorpe United out of it on 2 occasions in 2007 and 2009 and then Southampton in 2011, Nigel Adkins could be the ideal replacement for Sheridan.
With three promotions on his CV from League One, it is clear that Adkins knows what players and playing style are needed to get a team to be successful at this level, and it is clear that this is exactly what Oldham need right now.
Oldham Athletic fans who would you like to see replace John Sheridan? Let us know in the comments section…