Former Oldham Athletic striker Graeme Sharp believes that this Latics side has the potential to challenge for promotion and make fans proud of the club once again.
Sharp knows from his own experiences how difficult managing a team can be, but he says that current manager Frankie Bunn and assistant Andy Rhodes can bring back success to the club.
“I spoke to Frankie and Andy in pre-season at the game against Curzon Ashton, I managed to grab a few words with them both and gave them some advice.” He said.
“I told them about my time in charge and how difficult it was, and I think they’ve got an even tougher job on their hands.
“It’ll take them time to get certain things right, but they’re doing a good job so far and hopefully that will continue.”
Although Sharp never actually played with either Bunn or Rhodes, the Scotsman believes the duo are the perfect combination to get Latics out of the division.
“They're both fantastic guys, Frankie was still there when I joined, but he had his injury problems, he was a lovely guy and so is Andy.” He commented.
“Hopefully everybody gets behind them both even when the results are up and down because they’re two lads that deserve success.”
Despite being heavily involved with Premier League side Everton as a club ambassador, Sharp still keeps an eye on how Latics are getting on.
“The game at Grimsby was a good result, so hopefully that's a little kick start they needed to get on a run again and go further up the table and challenge for promotion.
“It would be brilliant for the club, everybody knows it’s a friendly club and the locals come out in their masses to support this side."
Sharp remembers how good the fans were from his time at the club and he hopes the Latics faithful can continue to turn out in their numbers to help the team.
“Hopefully with Frankie and Andy being there the fans can see the light at the end of the tunnel and it's important that everyone tries to move the club in the right direction.
“Obviously winning football matches helps attract more people through the doors and it'll be great to get the club back to the glory days under Joe Royle if possible.
“You never know in football it could be the start of something special, it’s a football town and it's showed in the past that when the team is successful the town rally together."
Latics take on Colchester United this Saturday, September 22 at Boundary Park (3pm).