Lat­ics line up new as­sis­tant

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - FOOT­BALL By MATT CHAM­BERS

OLD­HAM are fi­nal­is­ing a deal for a new as­sis­tant man­ager who will be in place by the start of next month.

Man­ager Richie Wel­lens, who is pre­par­ing his side for the derby test at home to Rochdale this Satur­day, has an ex­pe­ri­enced tar­get in his sights as his num­ber two as he looks to re-shape a coach­ing staff that at the mo­ment in­cludes Paul Terry, who is tak­ing the re­serves.

“Richie knows who he wants,” said Old­ham’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Mois­ley.

“It’s just a case of sort­ing out the de­tails and we should be able to an­nounce it be­fore we face Southend [in De­cem­ber].”

Pre­vi­ous as­sis­tant man­ager Tommy Wright left the club at the same time as John Sheridan, back in late Septem­ber.

Fit­ness guru John Harbin has re­mained and along with youth team boss Tony Philliskirk, goal­keep­ing coach Carlo Nash has been lend­ing a hand to Wel­lens on match days within the dug-out.

Adding to that knowl­edge base with an ex­pe­ri­enced as­sis­tant should help the club in what could be a sea­son-defin­ing month of De­cem­ber. In ad­di­tion to six League One games, the fix­tures list also con­tains a Check­a­trade Tro­phy knock­out tie at Ch­ester­field or Brad­ford.

Mean­while, club leg­end Gor­don Law­ton has been recog­nised for his ster­ling ser­vice by win­ning the ‘un­sung hero’ gong at the North­West Foot­ball Awards.

Gor­don, who passed away in the sum­mer at the age of 63, re­ceived the award posthu­mously at the glitzy event at Emi­rates Old Traf­ford. He had worked at Old­ham for over 30 years, ful­fill­ing a va­ri­ety of roles in­clud­ing lot­tery man­ager, pro­gramme edi­tor and club com­men­ta­tor.

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