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Bunn Gets Royle Backing

3 August 2018

Former Oldham Athletic manager Joe Royle believes Frankie Bunn will be the perfect fit for the club.

Royle who oversaw Oldham between 1982-1994 has full confidence that Bunn is the right man for the job.

“I know he’s a top-class coach and I’ve seen him work. He’s got great recommendations from both Manchester City and Coventry City,” he says.

“He’s tried for the job before, he’s always loved the club so all in all, it seemed a logical choice to me.”

Royle also believes that his former players Bunn and assistant Andy Rhodes, from the famous 1989/90 season, will be a perfect match on the touchline.

“I think it’s a good pairing with Andy Rhodes,” he commented.

“You know, with Frankie as manager and Andy as his assistant, I think they’ll really work well together.”

Royle puts this down to the close relationship the pair both had on and off the pitch in their playing days.

“They were always very close, and their wives are very close too,” he explained.

“It was a very close team to be honest with you.

“They had a fantastic comradery and Frankie and Andy both had a major part in that.”

He also says that Bunn deserves the backing of the players and the fans ahead of the upcoming season.

“When I got the job at 33, people were saying we needed somebody with more experience. But positive results will alter people’s minds; give him a chance.”

The Latics legend believes the current crop of players Bunn has at his disposal could be enough to see the club go back into League One.

“I think they’ve got a great chance, they’ve still got the base of the squad,” he said.

“They’ve got one or two players that have done well in a higher division, and that’s always a good sign.

“So that, with a mix of youth, new and fresh players coming in, I expect them to do well.”

However, he is wise enough to know that bouncing back from a relegation may take time to adjust to.

“It’s always hard that first month after relegation, but once they get going, I expect them to get their whereabouts.”

Don't miss Frankie Bunn's first league game as manager at Boundary Park when Oldham host MK Dons.

Tickets are avalable from the ticket office or online, for full details click here.


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