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Next Oldham Athletic Manager Odds

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
18 September 2023, 14:07

David Unsworth replaced John Sheridan as Oldham Athletic’s head coach in September of 2022, with the Latics struggling at the start of the 2022/23 National League campaign, the fifth tier of English football. Unsworth took charge of an Oldham Athletic team facing relegation and managed to achieve a respectable 12th-place finish at the end of the season.

However, the 49-year-old coach was fired by Oldham one year later for similar reasons – in nine matches in the 2023/24 National League so far, the Latics have recorded just one win and currently sit in the 22th place. With the team in need of a new gaffer, the next Oldham Athletic manager odds have gone up. In the meantime, Steve Thompson will act as interim manager.

Oldham Athletic Next Manager Betting List

Despite being employed at fellow National League club Gateshead, Mike Williams currently tops the Oldham Athletic next manager odds. Other names include the likes of Micky Mellon and Phil Parkinson who are more experienced and have coached at higher levels.

Oldham Athletic Next ManagerBetVictor ODDS
Mike Williamson5.00
Micky Mellon6.00
Ian Dawes7.00
Phil Parkinson7.00
Darrell Clarke7.00

Mike Williamson

As mentioned above, Mike Williamson currently works in the National League as he’s been the head coach of Gateshead since 2019. The Tynesiders currently sit eighth in the league table, just one point away from promotion play-offs, suggesting that Williamson would be a great appointment for Oldham Athletic. However, it is unclear whether the 39-year-old would be willing to leave his current position in order to salvage the season at Oldham Athletic – only money may be an argument in favour.

Williamson arrived at Gateshead in 2018 as a player, and one year later, he was appointed player-coach. In charge of the Tynesiders, the English gaffer achieved promotion to the National League at the end of 2021/22 term, also being named Manager of the Year. Last season, the 39-year-old guided Gateshead to a 14th-place finish and will look to improve on those results in 2023/24.

Micky Mellon

Micky Mellon is one of the more experienced names on the list, having started his coaching journey back in 2008 when appointed by Fleetwood Town, then in the sixth tier of English football. During his four years at the club, Mellon would achieve promotion twice, and by the time he was sacked in 2012, Fleetwood United were competing in the League Two – their highest achievement at the time.

After his departure from Fleetwood, Mellon worked with the likes of Shrewsbury Town, Tranmere Rovers (two spells) and Dundee United. His best performances are the promotions he achieved with Shrewsbury Town (2014/15) and Tranmere Rovers (2018/19) to League One, as well as his ninth-place finish with Dundee United in the Scottish Premiership

Due to his experience and adaptability, Mellon is a terrific candidate to become the next Oldham Athletic manager. He is currently out of work after leaving Tranmere Rovers in March.

Ian Dawes

Ian Dawes being so high on the next Oldham Athletic manager odds list is surprising as he is rather inexperienced. Dawes’ last entry on the CV is also Tranmere Rovers. He was fired by the club earlier in September following a disappointing start in 2023/24 League Two which included six consecutive defeats. 

The 39-year-old took full charge of the Rovers in March last season after the departure of Micky Mellon. He had worked as an assistant coach at Prenton Park since 2020 – including under Mellon – and also had three short spells as caretaker during this period.

Previously, Dawes acted as an assistant at Blackpool and head coach at Bangor City in the Welsh second tier and at Floriana in the Maltese Premier League. All things considered, the 39-year-old may be a risky appointment for Oldham Athletic if their hope is to finish mid-table this season.

Phil Parkinson

Phil Parkinson, on the other hand, is as experienced as it gets! After a lengthy playing career, Parkinson was invited to coach Colchester United in League One way back in 2003. In his final season at the club (2005/06) the Englishman led Colchester to a long-awaited promotion to the Championship after finishing second. He would then go on to work at Hull City, Charlton Athletic, Bradford City, Bolton Wanderers, Sunderland and, currently, Wrexham.

The highest level that Parkinson managed at was the Championship, but his top achievement remains the EFL League Cup final with fourth-tier Bradford City in 2013, even though they lost to Swansea City. 

The 55-year-old is currently on a contract with Wrexham in League Two with whom he achieved promotion last term. The Red Dragons have had a good start to the 2023/24 campaign and currently sit fourth – except for a sudden sacking, it’s unlikely that we will see Parkinson at Oldham Athletic.

Darrell Clarke

Darell Clarke, meanwhile, is a free agent as he was fired by Port Vale in April when the team was sitting 18th in League One. However, it is impossible to call his time with the Valiants a failure as it was Clarke who took them to League One promotion the season prior. He had also worked at Walsall, Bristol Rovers and Salisbury City at various levels of English football. 

Clarke’s longest and most impressive stint was at Bristol. Despite suffering relegation from League Two in his first season as head coach, Clarke would manage to turn things around at Memorial Stadium in the coming years. At the time of his departure in 2018, Bristol Rovers were playing in the League One following two consecutive promotions under Clarke.

The 45-year-old is known for his tactical flexibility and rigorous pre-match preparation, which gives him the needed qualities to improve Oldham Athletic’s situation.