‘Shows how little they care’, ‘Thank you’ – Plenty of Oldham fans react to club statement

Oldham Athletic’s long-suffering fans have been dealt another blow today as two players leave the club under mysterious circumstances.

The circus at Oldham is one some outsiders may find tough to understand. Former defender Anthony Gerrard openly discussed the issue he had with the owner on the excellent Undr The Cosh podcast earlier this year, and once again fans have been left scratching their heads as a key figure leaves.

David Wheater had a long and distinguished career with Bolton Wanderers, as well as appearing in the Premier League with Middlesbrough. He should be a key part of the struggling Latics squad, instead he has been cast aside along with keeper Gary Woods. Frustratingly for fans, they are none the wiser as to why.

“Oldham Athletic can confirm that players David Wheater and Gary Woods will no longer be a part of the First Team squad,” the official statement read. “Due to matters that neither party is in a position to disclose, the decision has been made to ensure the football club can now focus on the season ahead. No further comment will be made by the club at this time.”

The decision comes at a time when Oldham are struggling for form, having been beaten three times in a row, without scoring a goal. They lost their opening League Two fixture, going down 1-0 against Leyton Orient. That was followed by a 1-0 defeat against Morecambe in the League Cup, a result that cost the Latics a home tie against Newcastle.

This weekend it was Stevenage, only in the Football league due to a reprieve after finishing bottom last season, that handed out a thrashing. They won convincingly, 3-0, leaving Oldham pointless and 22nd in the table.

The constant turnover of managers, the player departures and the owner’s unpopular reign have all seemingly left these supporters right on the edge when it comes to their beloved club.


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