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Dunn: “We Won’t Leave Any Stone Unturned.”

14 September 2015

New interim manager David Dunn will leave no stone unturned as he starts life in the hot seat at Oldham Athletic.

The attacking midfielder was handed the reigns at the club on Sunday and he cannot wait to get stuck into the job. 

He said: "I’m so enthusiastic and I am so excited for what lies ahead. It’s a great start for me and I really appreciate the job I have been given. 

"There are certain flaws, mistakes and regrets I have made as a player so on this side of it, my attention to detail and professionalism I put into the job is going to be second to none. 

"I am well on with my badges but I didn’t think it would come around this quickly. I’m really looking forward to the opportunity and let’s hope we can pick some results up quickly.

"The one thing you will get from me and my staff is 100% commitment. We won’t leave any stone unturned and we will throw everything at it to make it work.”

Although Dunn is undecided as to whether he will continue playing, he has issued a warning to his players to maintain very high standards.

“One thing I will be instilling into the players is that they are playing for their shirts now,” he admitted. 

"Are there certain players who are a bit too comfortable? Possibly. Is that going to change? It certainly is going to change. 

"Football fans come and pay good money to watch and what they want to see is passion and players playing for the shirt. You are going to get beat in any sport, but if fans can see players are working hard for them then you are on the right path.

"They are all playing for their places and it’s a fresh start for everyone. If you are playing well, you keep your shirt because that’s how I’ve been brought up.”

After a long professional career, including several years in the Premier League, Dunn has gained a vast amount of contacts within the game.

Some of those include managers from top divisions and he is looking to call on their experience to help him in his new role.

He said: “I’ve got bags of experience and worked with some top managers over my career and I’m sure I can tap into every one of them. I’ve already called a few already asking their advice on certain aspects of the job. I’m really excited and I’m looking forward to the job in hand. 

"In the last 24 hours I have made calls and I’m trying to utilise that. We have come up with certain positions in the squad that need to improve and that’s what we are looking to do in a few weeks ago. 

"Hopefully we can bring a few players in but one thing we won’t be doing is bringing anyone in who we don’t feel will help us. If we are going to use the loan market and use the contacts we have, it’s going to be something that improves the team, not just the squad.”

One thing the 35-year-old is calling on is everyone to pull together and get behind the team, starting with the supporters.

“The away support has been fantastic this season from the Oldham fans,” Dunn admitted. “From day one at Walsall, to making the trip to Colchester on a cold night in August, it’s not easy for people to do that. 

“I hope they can carry on supporting us, get behind the team and hopefully we can show them the loyalty they show us.”

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