Oldham Athletic appoint David Unsworth as successor to John Sheridan

Oldham Athletic appoint David Unsworth as John Sheridan’s successor… with the ex-Everton Academy boss describing job as ‘appealing’ because he has a ‘blank sheet of paper’ in bid to take them back to Football League

  • David Unsworth has been appointed as Oldham Athletic’s new manager 
  • John Sheridan departed Oldham following their 3-2 win against Eastleigh 
  • Unsworth describes it as an ‘appealing job’ as he has a ‘blank sheet of paper’ 

Oldham Athletic have appointed David Unsworth as manager.

The former Premier League founder members have turned to ex-Everton defender and academy boss as they seek to regain their place in the EFL following relegation last season.

Unsworth, 48, replaces John Sheridan, who left Oldham following a sixth spell in charge on Saturday.

Ex-Everton academy boss David Unsworth has replaced John Sheridan as Oldham manager

He departed his role at Goodison Park after close to a decade developing talent at the club in April, as he sought to become a first-team manager.

Unsworth will bring fellow Evertonians John Ebbrell (assistant manager) and Francis Jeffers (first team coach) to Boundary Park with him.

Oldham were taken over by local family and business owners the Rothwells in July, following the deeply unpopular reign of Dubai-based former agent Abdallah Lemsagam.

Oldham boss John Sheridan left his position as manager after a 3-2 win against Eastleigh

Since then, crowds have surged on a tide of goodwill, with more than 10,000 expected for the visit of high-flying Wrexham for Unsworth’s first home match, following this weekend’s trip to Bromley.

‘This is a blank sheet of paper for me,’ said Unsworth who is understood to have previously turned down offers from clubs in League One. 

‘I’ve been asked to come for period of time and build the football side back up but also to build an infrastructure. A ‘B’ team to link the academy to the first team, to build recruitment, analysis. 

‘It’s so appealing for a young coach to be able to do that at a club with the potential that this one has.’

Unsworth has been tasked with rebuilding infrastructure to get them back to Football League

Unsworth has twice taken caretaker charge of Everton’s first team and has overseen the development of the likes of Tom Davies, Anthony Gordon, Jonjoe Kenny, Mason Holgate and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

He made 350 appearances for Everton in two spells and lifted the FA Cup in 1995.

At Oldham he will be reunited with former manager Joe Royle, who is on the board, and Royle’s son Darren, who is chief executive.

Sheridan’s departure was announced last week with the former Republic of Ireland man taking charge for a final time, Saturday’s emotional 3-2 victory over Eastleigh which left Oldham in 14th place.


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