Fan Wild determined to enjoy Cup triumph
CARETAKER boss Pete Wild is ready to leave his dream job behind and return to the stands as a fan despite masterminding Oldham’s FA Cup giant killing at Fulham.
Lifelong supporter and academy coach Wild took Oldham’s reins on December 27, and just 10 days later guided the League Two outfit to a 2-1 third-round win at Craven Cottage.
The Oldham supporterturned-boss even left his train travel and match ticket unused on Sunday, as Sam Surridge’s penalty and Callum Lang’s header stunned the Premier League hosts.
Wild insisted he would revel in his madcap touchline celebrations when Wigan loanee Lang buried the 89th-minute winner, but could not fathom his invitation to appear as a studio guest on Sunday night’s Match of the Day.
Asked if an FA Cup giant-killing would be enough for him to chase Oldham’s permanent manager role, Wild replied: “No, like I’ve always said, I’ve been an academy manager two minutes.
“The fairytale will come to an end at some point, reality will strike. And you’ve got to be prepared for that.
“I’ve got a family to support and a mortgage to pay. Maybe there’s a conversation with the chairman, but I’ll just crack on until told otherwise.
“The players have earned the right to be in the fourth round; whether I’m there or not is up to the club.
“If I’m there to lead them out then fantastic. If it’s a new manager, then I’ll be in the crowd again, giving my support to the team.”
Oldham’s dramatic winner came after Aleksandar Mitrovic missed a penalty with his first touch after climbing off the bench. Denis Odoi’s neat finish put the hosts in front early in the second half, only for Surridge to equalise from the spot, before Lang headed the winner.