Oldham Athletic can confirm that, as had been widely reported, John Sheridan has left the club to join Notts County.
Having been contacted by Notts County earlier in the week we rejected their approach out of hand on several occasions. When it became clear that John wanted to have the opportunity to speak to them, we decided not to stand in his way and gave him permission.
Of course the club are devastated to be losing John, especially after the magnificent job he did for us last year but at the same time it is our policy, as always has been, not to stand in a player or manager’s way if they feel better opportunities lie elsewhere.
Chairman Simon Corney commented: “It is particularly tough for me as John is not only a good manager but also a good friend. There are several reasons behind this move and not all will be apparent to everyone, but John goes with my blessing and eternal thanks for his tremendous effort in keeping us in Division One last season.”
Whilst we recognise the huge disappointment many fans will be feeling, we ask everyone to try and stick together and continue to support our club. This is not something we wanted or envisaged.