Fan Wild de­ter­mined to en­joy Cup tri­umph

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

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.

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