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Why this 33-year-old got out of Oldham Athletic just in time

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Oldham Athletic are proving to be in dire trouble in League Two, with their second manager hunt of the season underway.

The Latics have been beset by problems this season, struggling to adapt to League Two football and currently looking for their third manager of the season.

Frankie Bunn got sacked earlier in the campaign, Pete Wild was in temporary charge after that. His spell lasted longer than their next permanent manager, Paul Scholes, who left after just a month in charge.

Anthony Gerrard just missed out on the shenanigans. He was sacked by the club earlier in the year for telling a racist joke, with Oldham later blasting the FA for the leniency they showed in the case.

The Latics seemingly took the hard line, but the FA’s punishment was a letter of concern rather than a fine or a ban. Oldham lashed out at that.

Since then Gerrard, cousin of Rangers boss Steven, has signed for Carlisle United.

The 33-year-old has started 35 matches for them in League Two this season as they’ve outperformed Oldham and currently sit on the cusp of a play-off place.

Gerrard would clearly be repentant over the misdemeanour, there’s little doubt about that, but part of him will surely be delighted to be out of Oldham.

Carlisle have had two managers as well, although John Sheridan resigned and Steven Pressley took over, but they’ve kept a certain continuity about their play.

It’s proved a stable environment for Gerrard to play his football and perhaps squeeze a final year or two out of his career.

However he got out of Oldham, under a cloud or not, there’s got to be a certain delight at not being part of the set up anymore. They’ve got good players, but there’s clearly an issue at board level which is affecting matters on the field.

If it continues, they only have to look to Bradford City to see what could happen. Anthony Gerrard is better off out of it.

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