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Sheridan: “I Want The Fans To Enjoy The Day.”

28 April 2017

Manager John Sheridan believes it will be a party atmosphere in the away end on Sunday as he takes his side to AFC Wimbledon.

Sheridan guided the club to safety this season with a game to spare after a 1-1 draw with Rochdale last weekend and he believes Sunday’s game will be a good one for supporters.

He said: “It will be a party atmosphere and I want the fans to enjoy the day. 

“It’s a massive relief for them and we are going there with a massive plus that we don’t need anything from the game. What we have gone through, they have travelled and supported us brilliantly. 

“Away from home has been magnificent and to take the amount we are to Wimbledon, with it being a long way, I just want them to enjoy their day. 

“There is not a massive importance on the game but I want to win it because we can get a place higher up and I want us to finish as high as possible. 

"It’s just a massive relief that we go there with a freedom. One or two players will play who haven’t played recently and we will go there with a freedom of trying to attack and score some goals.”

Whilst the manager said it was another great achievement to secure the club’s Sky Bet League One status, he wants to celebrate something different next season.

“There are a lot of positives to look at from January to now and hopefully we can take a lot of what we have done into next season and improve,” he commented. 

"That’s my aim now as a manager, to improve us. I don’t want to be fighting against relegation. 

“I don’t want the fans thinking that way, I want everyone to be positive and firmly believe that if we can strengthen and get the right players in then there is no reason why we can’t be up there. 

“I think we have proven that we can compete in this division so I’ve got to aim for those heights. 

"My aim is to get one or two fans back and for them to enjoy the game. I’m pushing and aiming to get out of the league via promotion so I need to feed that into the players.

“I feel as though we have a good nucleus of a squad and if I bring in one or two more to make us better then great. 

“We showed it last season but a  lot of players left but I think we are stronger this season because we have players under contract so my job is to make us better. 

"I will never say to you that I want to finish in the middle of the table so I don’t mind putting pressure on myself. I’ve got to be looking at the play offs and I believe that’s where we can get to.”

Success is something the manager wants to bring to the town and he believes it’s about time it happened.

“I would like to do it with Oldham,” he said. “I know what the supporters want and for too many years we have been fighting at the wrong end of the table. 

“It must be hard for the supporters to watch at times but I hope to give them some belief now that we can go the other way.”

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD. 

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