List of Oldham Athletic A.F.C. managers
The following is a list of managers of Oldham Athletic A.F.C. and all honours won by the club since 1906 to the 2011–12 season. As of the start of Oldham's 2011–12 season, the club has had 32 different managers. As of the end of the 2010–11 season, the club has not won any major competitions in their history.
Joe Royle is one of the longest serving in Oldham's history. Royle was manager of the club between 1982 to 1994 in which time he led the club to promotion from the Football League Second Division to the First Division while accumulating 225 total competitive wins—the most by any manager in Oldham's history. He also led the club to two semi-final appearances in the FA Cup and a runners up spot in the 1989–90 Football League Cup as his side lost 1–0 to Nottingham Forest. On 15 March 2009, Royle returned to the club as manager following John Sheridan's departure from the club, before leaving the club again at season's end.
Jimmy Frizzell is also one of the longest serving managers in the club's history, holding the position from 1970 until 1982. Both he and Royle are the only managers in Oldham's history with 200 or more competitive victories.
In 1906, Oldham Athletic appointed their first manager in club history as David Ashworth came to the club. In his first season, Ashworth led the club to a third place finish in the Lancashire Combination Second Division, gaining promotion to the First Division. Two years later, Ashworth once again led the club to victory as it finished in first place in the 1906–07 season, the final season of the Lancashire Combination. After the league disbanded, Oldham Athletic joined the Football League in the Second Division as they finished in third place their first season. In the following season, David Ashworth won his second trophy at Oldham Athletic as the club won the Lancashire Senior Cup—a local tournament for clubs in and around Lancashire. In 1909–10, Ashworth led the club to another promotion as they reached the Football League First Division. After several top-half finishes, Ashworth left the club to manage at Stockport County.
In 1914–15, Herbert Bamlett became Oldham Athletic's second manager and found success with the club in his first season. Oldham finished in second place in the First Division, as well as reaching the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. As competitive football returned to England following the end of the First World War, Bamlett returned as manager. Many of Oldham's original players were killed during the war or retired from football as the club found little success. Charle Roberts took over the club for the 1921–22 season, though only served as manager for one season.
David Ashworth returned to Oldham after having served at both Stockport County and Liverpool, though also struggled as Oldham were relegated back to the Second Division. For the next 11 seasons, Oldham failed to reach the First Division again as the club averaged a mid-table finish under managers Robert Mellor, Andrew Wilson, and Jimmy McMullan. During 1934–35, Robert Mellor—in his second stint with the club since leaving in 1927—returned to the club as Oldham were relegated once more, finishing in twenty-second, and placed in Football League Third Division North. Oldham and Mellor found relative success in Third Division North, but never gained promotion back to the Second Division before the Second World War once again interrupted football in England.
After the return of competitive football once more, Oldham failed to regain promotion under Frank Womack and Billy Wootton. George Hardwick became manager in 1950–51 and led the club to promotion in 1952–53 by winning the league, but were relegated once more as they finished in last place the following season. After little success following the promotion, Oldham went through two managers during the 1950s including Ted Goodier and Norman Dodgin. In 1958–59, Oldham became part of Football League Fourth Division as Division Third North and South disbanded for separate divisions.
In the early 1960s, both manager Jack Rowley and owner Ken Bates entered Oldham Athletic. With Bates's money, Oldham Athletic's fortunes turned for the better as the club once again reached Football League Third Division with the club finish in second place, though Rowley left the club in April of the same year. The club finished with mid-table results under managers Les McDowall, Gordon Hurst, and Jimmy McIlroy—with McIlroy winning the only trophy, by way the Lancashire Senior Cup. Rowley returned midway through the 1968–69 season as the club was relegated back to Division Four. Midway through the 1969–70 season, both Rowley and owner Ken Bates exited the club as Jimmy Frizzell became manager.
Jimmy Frizzell, a Scottish-born defender, was appointed as Oldham's player-manager during the 1969–70 season. In the 1970–71 season, Oldham earned their best finish since 1962–63, finishing in third and gaining promotion back into the Third Division. After a midtable result in their first season, the club missed out on promotion—finishing in fourth place, seven points behind league champions Bolton Wanderers. In the 1973–74 season, the club finished in first place and return to the Second Division for the first time in 21 years. Oldham's trip back to the Second Division was more successful than their previous appearance. During Frizzell's remaining time at the club, the club remained in Division Two and little FA Cup and Football League Cup success.
During the mid-1980s, the club ushered in a new era under manager Joe Royle—who became one of the most successful in Oldham's history. Royle and Oldham reached Wembley Stadium in the 1990 Football League Cup Final as the club lost 1–0 in the final. The next season, Royle led the club to the First Division for the first time in 68 years. In their first season back in the top flight, the club finished in 17th and became one of the founding members of the newly formed Premier League. Though after two more seasons at the top level, Oldham faced relegation yet again and during the following season, the Joe Royle era at Oldham Athletic came to an end, as he left the club for Everton.
In the mid-1990s, Oldham began to falter as they were relegated back to the Second Division under manager Neil Warnock following two lower-half finishes under Graeme Sharp. Warnock departed by mutual consent in May 1998 and was replaced by his former assistant and fans' favourite Andy Ritchie.
In 2001, Oldham Athletic was purchased by Oxford-based businessman Chris Moore who sacked Ritchie as part of a restructuring of the club's coaching set-up. Mick Wadsworth was appointed to replace Ritchie. However, Wadsworth lasted only 18 months before being replaced by Iain Dowie. Moore pulled out of the club in the summer of 2003, followed by Dowie in December of that year. Following a brief period when David Eyres and John Sheridan acted as joint caretaker managers, Brian Talbot was appointed as manager by new owners Simon Blitz, Simon Corney and Danny Gazal. Ronnie Moore replaced Talbot in March 2005 and managed Oldham until June 2006, winning another Lancashire Senior Cup for the club in the process.
On 1 June 2006, Sheridan again became Oldham's manager. His first season was relatively successful as the club reached the League One play-offs, though lost 5–2 to Blackpool on aggregate. On 15 March 2009, Sheridan left Oldham, and was immediately replaced by former manager Joe Royle. However, in late April 2009, Royle rejected an offer to extend his stay as manager, before ultimately being replaced by Darlington boss Dave Penney on 30 April. Penney parted company with Oldham on 6 May 2010 with the club 16th in League One. Penney was succeeded for the final game of the 2009–10 season by his assistant Martin Gray.
Paul Dickov signed a one-year contract as player/manager on 9 June 2010. Dickov retired from playing following the final game of the 2010–11 season before signing a new contract to remain at Oldham into the 2011–12 season. Dickov resigned on 3 February 2013 following a poor run of league form, despite having led Oldham to victory over Liverpool in the FA Cup 4th round. Dickov's replacement was named on 18 March 2013 as Lee Johnson who, at 31, was then the youngest manager in the English football league.
- Information correct as at 04 June 2014.
|Ashworth, DavidDavid Ashworth||Ireland||1 August 1906||1 April 1914||283||126||67||90||44.52||1 Lancashire Combination title (1906–07)
1 Lancashire Senior Cup title (1907–08)
1 Football League Second Division runner-up (1909–10)
|Bamlett, HerbertHerbert Bamlett||England||1 June 1914||1 May 1921||127||44||35||48||34.65|||
|Roberts, CharlieCharlie Roberts||England||1 July 1921||31 January 1922||27||9||7||11||33.33|||
|Ashworth, DavidDavid Ashworth||Ireland||1 January 1923||1 July 1924||63||20||22||21||31.75|||
|Robert Mellor||England||1 July 1924||1 July 1927||132||52||26||54||39.39|||
|Wilson, AndrewAndrew Wilson||Scotland||1 July 1927||1 July 1932||218||87||45||86||39.91|||
|McMullan, JimmyJimmy McMullan||Scotland||1 May 1933||1 May 1934||45||18||11||16||40|||
|Robert Mellor||England||1 May 1934||1 February 1945||221||93||46||82||42.08|||
|Womack, FrankFrank Womack||England||1 February 1945||1 April 1947||38||14||7||17||36.84|||
|Wootton, BillyBilly Wootton||England||1 June 1947||1 September 1950||141||54||36||51||38.28|||
|Hardwick, GeorgeGeorge Hardwick||England||1 November 1950||1 May 1956||271||101||69||101||37.27||1 Football League Third Division North title (1952–53)|||
|Goodier, TedTed Goodier||England||1 May 1956||30 June 1958||96||28||36||32||29.17|||
|Dodgin, NormanNorman Dodgin||England||1 July 1958||1 May 1960||97||27||17||53||27.84|||
|Rowley, JackJack Rowley||England||1 June 1960||31 May 1963||151||66||33||52||43.71||1 Football League Fourth Division runner-up (1962–63)|||
|McDowall, LesLes McDowall||Scotland||1 June 1963||1 March 1965||86||33||15||38||38.37|||
|Gordon Hurst||England||1 April 1965||1 January 1966||19||3||5||11||15.79|||
|McIlroy, JimmyJimmy McIlroy||Northern Ireland||1 January 1966||1 August 1968||121||46||26||49||38.01||1 Lancashire Senior Cup title (1966–67)|||
|Rowley, JackJack Rowley||England||1 October 1968||1 December 1969||57||16||14||27||28.07|||
|Frizzell, JimmyJimmy Frizzell||Scotland||1 March 1970||12 June 1982||544||200||160||184||36.76||1 Football League Fourth Division promotion (1970–71)
1 Football League Third Division title (1973–74)
1 Lancashire Senior Cup runner-up (1978–79)
|Royle, JoeJoe Royle||England||14 July 1982||10 November 1994||608||225||165||218||37||1 Football League Cup runner-up (1989–90)
1 Football League Second Division title (1990–91)
|Sharp, GraemeGraeme Sharp||Scotland||16 November 1994||11 February 1997||117||35||34||48||29.91|||
|Warnock, NeilNeil Warnock||England||21 February 1997||7 April 1998||69||22||20||27||31.88|||
|Ritchie, AndyAndy Ritchie||England||7 May 1998||31 October 2001||179||59||45||75||32.96|||
|Billy Urmson||England||31 October 2001||7 November 2001||1||0||1||0||0|||
|Wadsworth, MickMick Wadsworth||England||7 November 2001||31 May 2002||35||15||9||11||42.86|||
|Dowie, IainIain Dowie||Northern Ireland||31 May 2002||19 December 2003||82||31||28||23||37.8|||
|Eyres, DavidDavid Eyres &
|20 December 2003||10 March 2004||12||2||6||4||16.67|||
|Talbot, BrianBrian Talbot||England||10 March 2004||25 February 2005||55||20||14||21||36.36|||
|Philliskirk, TonyTony Philliskirk||England||25 February 2005||1 March 2005||1||0||0||1||0|||
|Moore, RonnieRonnie Moore||England||1 March 2005||1 June 2006||65||23||18||24||35.38||1 Lancashire Senior Cup title (2005–06)|||
|Sheridan, JohnJohn Sheridan||Ireland||1 June 2006||15 March 2009||151||61||47||43||40.39|||
|Royle, JoeJoe Royle||England||15 March 2009||2 May 2009||9||1||4||4||11.11|||
|Penney, DaveDave Penney||England||30 April 2009||6 May 2010||48||13||13||22||27.08|||
|Gray, MartinMartin Gray||England||6 May 2010||2 June 2010||1||0||0||1||0|||
|Dickov, PaulPaul Dickov||Scotland||9 June 2010||3 February 2013||141||43||37||61||30.50|||
|Philliskirk, TonyTony Philliskirk||England||4 February 2013||18 March 2013||8||3||1||4||37.50|||
|Johnson, LeeLee Johnson||England||18 March 2013||Present||66||23||20||23||34.85|||
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