The hunt for the new Latics 'manager' could take some time after owner Abdallah Lemsagam has come out and stated that he cannot guarantee any long-term backing to the new head coach. Under his tootlage last season the Latics had four different stints with managers. Frankie Bunn, Pete Wild on two occasions and and Paul Scholes all had a stint in the hot seat, with Scholes lasting a mere 31 days in charge.
Lemsagam said, “Football is a crazy world. I’m going to be honest. Nobody likes to change but results speak for themselves. Why are you going to change the coach if he’s doing his job in the right way and everything? I am not blaming any coach but it depends on results and everything. I have respect for all coaches because they have a really hard job. We hope we can bring in one coach until the end of the season. Why not? We’re trying. When I took over we had Richie Wellens and kept him until the end of the season even though the results were not the best. With Frankie Bunn it’s the results speaking for themselves and we always had a vision, from the beginning, about Paul Scholes. I thought he was the right person for the club but it wasn’t working. Pete Wild we didn’t change. He came in from the academy, was doing a good job and we were working very well together and we’ve done the right thing for the club. It’s very important to us that the first-team coach and academy coach communicate and they work together. This is one of the priorities for the club.”