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An Oldham Tale.

Very long, playing catch up!
Started on 3 December 2011 by Melvinrules
Latest Reply on 3 February 2012 by Melvinrules
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Just before the Take over was complete, Shearer decided to join QPR, as a result the board gave me a "As you have so much support, we feel its unwise to remove you from your position" speech, it was a little insulting but the fact they pumped £35 million into the bank, as well as invest in both Youth and Training Facilities eased my ego somewhat.

Once that was out of the way our form improved, we battled back in the Second Leg of the Champs league winning that game 5 - 3, then in the Semi Finals we played Olympic Lyon, First leg we drew 3 - 3, and in the second we won 4 - 3 in extra time putting us into the final against Real Madrid.

Unfortunately Ndi got injured just before the game, Ndi is a player who I speak of a lot, he doesn't have a high average rating, he doesnt get a lot of assists or goals but for some reason he always appears to be everywhere in the big games a pass ratio of 83% means he very seldom loses the ball when he does have it, and a 3.09 tackling average means he isn't shy about getting stuck in when it matters.

Fortunatly Rodolfo and Muller came back from injury, how-ever it was not to be our night as Real Madrid beat us 2 - 0, the game itself was very even in possession and chances... the was only one real difference.. We didn't get our chances on target. Barison my record signing has been truely amazing since coming to us with 19 goals and 26 assists, how-ever he missed 5 chances in this game. Nerves? Maybe who knows.

That was our champions league campaign.. So what about our final league position?
I am pleased to report we are now holders of the Premier League title, it got close for a bit with Liverpool leap frogging Chelsea as our main rivals for the title, but good wins against Manchester United and Chelsea ensured we kept going to the final game.

I have taken in nearly 12 years a small League 1 side to the top of the premier league and gone up against Big boys such as Barcelona and whooping them 7 - 1, and even taking on the mighty Real Madrid.. Is my task over?

Not yet, anyone can win a league once the key is winning again and again and getting more trophys. I wanted more after I got the F.A cup, and I want more success now.

The side I have is starting to peak, I have to be wary of ageing, the average age of the squad is now 24, I intend to remove some older players in a bid to bring in some fresh new and young talent, the only issue I have now is its a lot harder for me to spot a good young player who will be a complete gem for the club, simply because before hand the young players we're generally better than what I had in the process.

The good news is though, that my Youth Academy has finally procuded a player that's worth signing onto a contract, he's 16 and plays as a striker I've already got him being tutored by Abdikarim so hopefully something will develop here.

I already have two young central defenders from previous seasons ready to replace Mauro Martin and Diagne in the heart of central defence, how-ever I am looking to add one more Right sided attacker, Regilson and Bangura are more central strikers than right sided midfield players and while both didn't play badly I didn't get enough from that side of the pitch to truly be a threat to other teams.

There's a lot to do still to ensure that Oldham will be a name on peoples lips for many seasons to come, I look forward to my new challenge.

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