Oldham Athletic have appointed caretaker manager Pete Wild as head coach until the end of the season.
The 34-year-old takes over following the resignation of Paul Scholes after just thirty-one days in charge at Boundary Park.
Wild took caretaker charge of the club earlier this season after the sacking of Frankie Bunn in December. He achieved four wins, three defeats and one draw from his eight matches at the helm, including a memorable victory at Premier League Fulham in the third round of the FA Cup.
Scholes left in controversial circumstances in the wake of a 2-0 defeat at league leaders Lincoln City with reports suggesting he resigned via a WhatsApp message to the owner and chairman Abdallah Lemsagam.
In a statement released to explain his departure, Scholes then added fuel to widespread rumours that the owner interfered in team affairs saying. ‘It, unfortunately, became clear that I would not be able to operate as I intended and was led to believe prior to taking on the role.’
The Daily Mail then further substantiated these rumours in a damming article on the state of the club and the poor ownership of Lemsagam and the role of his brother and sporting director Mohamed. They reported that despite agreeing to Scholes demand for a free reign on team affairs before taking the job, Lemsagem and Mohamed continued to meddle in team affairs.
Supporters soon took to social media to react to the news of Wild’s appointment with many believing his head coach role meant Lemsagem now had free reign to pick the team.
Here is a selection of their responses.
What happened to the long list of mangers that were supposedly interested in the job? No manager, in his right mind would touch us, truth be known, good luck Wildy lad, you're going to need it
— Ian Marshall (@Marshy1962) March 22, 2019
Good luck… he’ll need it with that Crackpot pulling the strings
— Sky Blue Centurion (@C80192134) March 22, 2019
Still not getting any season ticket money from me. Head coach indeed……
— Ian Lomas (@ianlomas) March 22, 2019
And who picks the team? Wilde, or the owner?
— Alan Francis (@ALAN2553) March 22, 2019
Good luck Pete. Massively behind you. As for AL ?. Using Pete as a puppet under the cloak of ‘head coach’ so you can get away with picking the team. What a mess
— Tom Butterworth (@tom_db) March 22, 2019
Should have told them to shove it up their arses. He's on a hiding to nothing, doesn't even get to pick the team. Besides, the season has already ended at latics, the 2 muppets have made sure of that.
— ticsforever (@sas28877) March 22, 2019
Brilliant stuff , head coach so doesn’t pick the team , what a load of shite
— paulwells (@paulwel91651591) March 22, 2019
— Matt Smith (@ohrogerpalmer) March 22, 2019