It would be a big risk to pick See­dorf

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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.

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