Richie Wellens admits winning as a manager is better than as a player
Thursday 28th September 2017 @ 13:21 by Tom Greggan
Oldham Sports

Oldham Athletic Caretaker Manager Richie Wellens says winning as a manager is a better feeling than winning as a player.

Wellens made 600 Football League appearances as a player, including 90 with Oldham, but took charge of his first game in management on Tuesday night.

Despite only taking control of the team on Monday following John Sheridan’s departure, he led the Latics to an unexpected 3-2 win over high-flying Peterborough.

Wellens admitted he went through a roller-coaster of emotions on the night. “It was exciting; the adrenaline was obviously flowing,” he said. “But it’s also so nerve-wracking and so draining.

“That was my experience of it. But the rewards, if you get the result, it feels brilliant. It’s probably better than playing once you’ve finished the game.”

Wellens praised his players for their performance, in particular the way they reacted to his desired style of play. He said: “I was most pleased about the confidence in passing the ball and the reaction when they lost the ball to press the ball high up.

“The first goal came from their goal kick; it gets played into midfield and we press the ball and hunt it down. Jack Byrne wins it back, has a shot and Doyle gets the rebound. The confidence to take the ball in all areas of the pitch and to get the ball moving about the pitch was really pleasing.”

Now, the 37-year-old is looking for more positive results, starting at Portsmouth this weekend, to help bring the squad together.

“The players have been through a lot; it’s been tough for them so in the changing room afterwards, I think the mood was one of relief,” he said. “There was a lot of joy and the players came together.

“There are a lot of new players and you only really come together as a group of players when you start winning games because that’s when you start to form bonds with your players. I think if we can pick up a few more results, it will go a long way to helping that.”