It would be a big risk to pick Seedorf
CLARENCE Seedorf has been heavily linked with the vacant manager’s job at Oldham following the departure of manager John Sheridan (see back page).
The Dutch great is said to have met Latics chairman Simon Corney and had a tour of the facilities at Boundary Park. Interesting indeed, but there are no guarantees it will happen.
And while the former AC Milan and Real Madrid man would add a bit of glamour to League One and no doubt attract some extra punters along if he did get the job, is it likely to work?
Well, if you’re being brutally honest, then no is the answer. What experience, what knowledge does he have of League One? You’d be very surprised if he had any.
Would a man with a very limited managerial pedigree – four months at AC Milan and five months at Chinese side Shenzhen – be able to do the business in the third tier of English football?
His playing career was at the highest level. It may well be difficult for him to adapt to working with players of lesser ability.
Saying that, the job does look a bit more attractive than it did a week ago when Oldham had lost 5-1 to Rotherham in what turned out to be Sheridan’s last match in charge.
Successive wins under caretaker boss Richie Wellens – 3-2 at home against highflying Peterborough in midweek and 2-1 at Portsmouth yesterday – have lifted Oldham off the foot of the table and to the relative safety of 18th place, though they are only one point above the relegation zone.
Former Manchester United man Ryan Giggs has also been mentioned in connection with Oldham, but it doesn’t look like a job for a first-timer, or a rookie like Seedorf.
The Latics need to find a safe pair of hands as they bid to drive away from the danger area, though interim boss Wellens may be a surprise contender if he keeps getting results.
The heat is on...
AFTER losing to arch-rivals Sheffield United last week, the pressure is on Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal this afternoon.
It promises to be a testing match against Leeds United, but what an opportunity to get doubting fans back on his side.