New Oldham Athletic manager Darren Kelly has received a death threat with the police being called, BBC Sport reports.
The Latics appointed Kelly last week but the 35-year-old from Northern Ireland has had to deny claims that he is a supporter of the IRA, after sending a tweet to politician Martin McGuinness calling him ‘a legend’.
The former footballer has since deleted his account and the club have offered disgruntled fans a refund of season tickets.
A club statement on the club’s website read, “Oldham Athletic AFC are aware of threats made against individuals connected with the club.
“These matters have been passed to the police and the club will be making no further comments on this subject.”
Some fans have threatened to boycott the League One sides matches following the decision to employ Kelly.
The former Derry City defender took over at the club, his first managerial position, following the departure of Lee Johnson.
The 35-year-old also had spells with Carlisle United, Portadown and York City as a player.
He worked at the academy at Sunderland where he gained his UEFA Pro coaching licence before moving to Oldham.
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