JOHN Sheridan has made another return to OLDHAM ATHLETIC, replacing Stephen Robinson for his third spell as Latics manager.
Pressure was mounting on Robinson with Oldham rock-bottom of the table having failed to win in their last 10 League One games. They were then dumped out of the Checkatrade Trophy by League Two Mansfield on Tuesday night.
And the club announced on Thursday afternoon that Robinson’s contract has been terminated, with Sheridan immediately confirmed as his successor.
Robinson had actually succeeded Sheridan last summer as the former Latics midfielder kept Oldham up last season before stepping down a division to take charge of Notts County. But the 52-year-old Mancunian was sacked by Notts last week with the Magpies third-bottom in League Two.
It was Robinson’s first managerial appointment and he made over a dozen summer signings but the former Northern Ireland international, 42, managed to win just 3 of his 24 league games in charge.
Oldham chairman Simon Corney said in a club statement: “This is obviously a difficult decision. 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. I’d like to thank Stephen for the hard work and commitment he has shown and wish him well for the future.
“John is obviously someone we know well and we hope he can have an immediate effect on our current situation.”
Sheridan managed to achieve that last term. A year ago this Friday he became Latics’ third manager of the season, picking up the mess left behind by Darren Kelly and David Dunn.
When Sheridan took charge Latics were third-bottom, 5 points adrift of safety with 22 games left, and they won 9 of them to finish 17th, 8 points above the drop zone.