Dino Maamria, Latics' boss, believes that he has stabilised the club on the field and he wants that to continue into the summer months.
Dino said, “There was a lot of change at Oldham Athletic last summer and this summer I’m hoping not to make too many changes. After January I don’t want to make 15 changes again. I would like to keep the majority of the squad I’ve got and then bring five or six of better quality in, and then next season, whenever that starts, we’ll be in much better shape to play the type of football we’re trying to produce at Oldham Athletic.”
“The good thing about having experience in League One and League Two – I’ve been coaching and managing at this level for a long time – is that I know every player like the back of my hand having done my homework. Any players you throw at me I know exactly what they are and what they’re not. I know exactly what type of players I’m trying to recruit for Oldham Athletic, the ones that we can bring in and the ones that we won’t be able to bring in. I’m aware of all those things. When we plan properly for next season I think it will be straightforward. The key for me is that we don’t want to be under massive pressure to sign lots of players in a short space of time.”
“I think the team I picked in our last game included seven new faces from January. There was a big change in terms of personnel with about 10 to 15 players going out of the door and seven or eight coming in. I brought in some resiliency that I thought we were lacking and obviously things will take time to gel but we’ve had some tremendous games especially at home. Games against Bradford, Mansfield, Newport. When everything clicked together we looked a fantastic team. There’s always going to be teething problems when you put seven new players into a team together but we’re making progress.”