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Sheridan parts company with Oldham Athletic
Monday 25th September 2017 @ 13:27 by Mark Phillip
Football Oldham Sports

Oldham manager John Sheridan has left the club by mutual consent after Saturday’s 5-1 loss to Rotherham United.

The 52-year-old leaves the club at the foot of the table, having collected just four points from their opening nine games.

Latics are also out of one major competition this season, having suffering a 3-2 defeat to Championship outfit Burton Albion in the first round of the Carabao Cup in August.

Sheridan was always on a knife-edge following Saturday’s 5-1 drubbing at Rotherham United, though his decision to leave the club was announced at a press conference on Monday morning.

The decision to leave the club arrives just one day before Latics’ league fixture against second place Peterborough United at Boundary Park.

A statement on the club’s official website reads: “The Board of Directors would like to place on record their thanks to John for his contribution to the development of the club, not only during this tenure, but as both a player and manager previously.

“His impact over the past two seasons in particular, when he has saved the club from near certain relegation on both occasions, will mean he is always guaranteed a warm welcome here by both the club and fans alike.

“This season, however, has not seen the progression we hoped with what was felt to be the nucleus of a good squad, and results, performances and league position have been hugely disappointing.

“Therefore following discussions with John, this decision has been made in the best interests of the club. We wish John well for the future.”

A fans favourite at Boundary Park, Sheridan returned to the club as manager for a third time in January.

He was tasked with keeping the club up for a second successive season, taking over from Stephen Robinson who was axed with the club three points from safety.

Sheridan would take charge of 22 league fixtures last season, winning nine, drawing seven and losing six, which subsequently helped the club avoid relegation by four points.

However, despite guiding the club to safety and recruiting a string of new players over summer, Sheridan’s side failed to hit the ground running.

Of the nine league fixtures played so far, Oldham have lost seven, drawn one and won one.

Oldham’s only victory this season – a 3-2 win at Bristol Rovers – has been followed by a 2-1 loss to league leaders Shrewsbury Town, and a 5-1 defeat at Rotherham on Saturday.

What’s more, Oldham have the leakiest defense this season, having conceded 23 goals so far, although they do pose a threat in front of goal with 12 goals registered.

Craig Davies scored his fifth goal in as many games with an equaliser at Rotherham on Saturday, although it proved to be of little value as Oldham shipped four in the second-half to bring the axe down on Sheridan.

Although a replacement for Sheridan has yet to be announced, his successor will have a tough job on their hands, especially with games against hotly-tipped Blackburn Rovers, Bradford City, MK Dons and Scunthorpe United in October.

Prior to those fixtures, Oldham face Peterborough on Tuesday night – The Posh enter the game on the back of a 3-2 win over Wigan Athletic and have the second best scoring record in the league – before making the long trip to 15th place Portsmouth on Saturday.