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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 June 2006, 13:12 GMT 14:12 UK
Sheridan replaces Moore at Oldham
John Sheridan and Ronnie Moore
A lot of fans had not taken to Ronnie, and season ticket sales had been very slow

Oldham managing director Simon Corney
Manager Ronnie Moore has parted company with Oldham Athletic, who have appointed reserve coach John Sheridan as his successor with immediate effect.

Moore had replaced previous boss Brian Talbot in March 2005.

After steering them clear of relegation that season, he guided them to within six points of the play-offs this term.

Ex-Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Sheridan, 41, made over 150 appearances during a six-year spell at Boundary Park, before retiring in 2004.

He also had an 11-week spell as caretaker boss early in 2004, between Iain Dowie's departure and Talbot's appointment.

Earlier in the day, the Latics had posted a statement on their website denying that Moore had left - but hours later, his reign came to an end.

His assistant John Breckin has also left the club.

Moore had previously spent nearly eight years as manager of Rotherham betwen May 1997 and January 2005.

Manging director Simon Corney explained in a statement that Moore's exit was "for financial reasons".

He said: "Clearly, a lot of fans had not taken to him (Moore), and season ticket sales have been very slow.

"People seem to think we have vast sums of money, but unfortunately that is not the case.

"We have to work within certain constraints, and at the end of the day it was a financial decision.

"It wasn't a pleasant job telling Ronnie, and he was shocked.

"There is no doubt he had some unbelievable injury problems last season. Furthermore, we asked for stablility and he had succeeded on that issue.

"But John Sheridan has always had a good rapport with the fans, and likes to play entertaining football.

"I hope our decision will go a long way to boosting season ticket sales, and help towards the revenue that will always be needed to continue to take our club forward."

SEE ALSO
Moore eyes meticulous recruitment
09 May 06 |  Oldham Athletic
Sheridan plea to Latics
29 Feb 04 |  Oldham Athletic


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