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27 Jun 2018

RICHIE WELLENS STATEMENT

Following his departure from Oldham Athletic on Friday 8 June, former manager Richie Wellens has issued the following statement…
 
“I would like to begin by thanking John Sheridan for giving me the opportunity as first-team coach at Oldham Athletic. Being given a chance as a young coach means everything and I will never forget that. I obviously didn’t expect to become caretaker manager and then to take my first managerial role so soon, but football is nothing if not unpredictable.
 
“Thanks must also go to former Chairman Simon Corney, who trusted me and gave me the role on a permanent basis.
 
“It’s hard not to look back on last season with disappointment and regrets, but unfortunately we were always fighting against the odds to keep Oldham in League 1.
 
“The early success was a result of hard work from the players, who adapted to the system we devised and bought in to the attractive style of play and pressing game. We managed to build some momentum but unfortunately, we were lacking in squad depth and options at key times in the season, and there is no hiding place in that division with games coming thick and fast on Saturdays and Tuesdays, against competitive sides.
 
“I will make no excuses though. I am absolutely gutted that we didn’t manage to achieve our aim, despite taking matters to the final day and achieving a competitive return of 46 points from 37 games.
 
“I am proud of the players and the staff for their professionalism and their endeavour. I am sorry for the supporters, who deserve better than what happened. The club means a lot to me, having served them as a player, and I hope to see them return to League 1 at the earliest opportunity.
 
“It was the right time for us to part ways and for me to move on to the next step of my managerial career. I have learned a great deal from the experience and hope to find a role with a club that matches my ambition and believes in a long-term project; to develop players, a club identity and a playing philosophy. I know exactly what it takes to achieve success, and I believe that with the right ingredients I can deliver this as a manager.
 
“I will continue to be a student of the game, watching matches and players, building my experience and qualifications, in preparation for my next challenge. I retain the passion and desire I had as a player, and I am all the stronger for my season with Oldham.”