Eyres in joint charge

Last updated : 20 December 2003 By Tony Scholes

Dowie moved on yesterday accepting the Crystal Palace job vacated recently when Steve Kember was sacked. Once Palace made their approach it was just a matter of agreeing the deal with Oldham no longer able to offer him a contract.

It is Oldham’s financial crisis that has given Eyresy, who recently said he would love to manage Burnley sometime in the future, his first chance. They are not in a position to bring in a new manager and so the former Claret steps in immediately alongside team mate John Sheridan and they will now be in charge for the foreseeable future.

Oldham have said they will remain in charge certainly as long as the club stays in administration which means he and Sheridan could establish themselves as the new management team.

It could be said that this opportunity comes at the end of his playing career but who knows, Waddle thought it was at an end over six years ago. He’s 40 in February and is still a regular in the Oldham side. Despite the fact that he was 25 before he made his league debut, for Blackpool, he has now amassed a total of 571 league appearances.

He couldn’t have a tougher start today though as Oldham take on leaders QPR at Boundary Park, the team that beat them in last season’s play offs.