The Football League Paper - - CHRIS DUNLAVY - By Luke Baker

RICHIE Wellens is one of the most in­ex­pe­ri­enced man­agers in the EFL, but he will now have a wise old head to guide him at Old­ham Ath­letic af­ter Paul Jewell was named as his as­sis­tant.

Wellens, 37, took on his first man­age­rial job when he re­placed the sacked John Sheri­dan at Boundary Park in Septem­ber.

He has since lifted the Latics out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

Jewell, 52, has man­aged in the Premier League with Brad­ford and Wi­gan, as well as hav­ing spells in charge of Sh­effield Wed­nes­day, Derby and Ip­swich.

Though he’s been out of football since 2012, he is adamant his ex­pe­ri­ence will ben­e­fit Wellens.

Jewell said: “A role like this is some­thing I think I can ful­fil. I don’t want to be the man­ager.

“Richie is new to the job and he’s young, like I was when I got my first man­age­rial role. I think I was 32.

“When you look back, you’re never ready. You think you are but you’ve no idea what it en­tails, you wing it re­ally.

“I’m here to do what he wants me to do and to help him.

“I’m not here to take his job. That def­i­nitely won’t be hap­pen­ing.”

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