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Oldham Athletic appoints David Unsworth to replace John Sheridan

Oldham Athletic have appointed David Unsworth as manager.

The former founding members of the Premier League have turned to the former Everton defender and academy boss in a bid to regain their place in the EFL after last season’s relegation.

Unsworth, 48, replaces John Sheridan, who left Oldham after a sixth term on Saturday.

He left his role at Goodison Park after nearly a decade of developing talent at the club while attempting to become a first-team manager in April.

Unsworth will bring his Everton colleagues John Ebbrell (Assistant Manager) and Francis Jeffers (First Team Coach) to Boundary Park.

Oldham was taken over by the Rothwells in July following the deeply unpopular rule of Dubai-based former agent Abdallah Lemsagam

Since then, crowds have risen on a wave of goodwill, with more than 10,000 expected to attend the high-flying Wrexham for Unsworth’s first home game after this weekend’s trip to Bromley.

“This is a blank sheet of paper for me,” said Unsworth, who is said to have previously turned down offers from clubs in League One.

“I was asked to come for some time and rebuild the football team, but also to build an infrastructure. A ‘B’ team to connect the academy with the first team to build recruitment and analysis.

“It’s so appealing for a young coach to be able to do that at a club with the potential that they have.”

Unsworth has twice taken charge of Everton’s first team and has overseen the development of the likes of Tom Davies, Anthony Gordon, Jonjoe Kenny, Mason Holgate and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

He made 350 appearances for Everton in two spells and won the 1995 FA Cup.

At Oldham, he is reunited with former manager Joe Royle, who sits on the board, and Royle’s son, Darren, who is chief executive.

Sheridan’s departure was announced last week when the former Republic of Ireland man took charge one final time in Saturday’s emotional 3-2 win over Eastleigh that left Oldham in 14th place.

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