Oldham Athletic appoints new head coach Laurent Banide on one-year deal

Oldham Athletic has appointed Laurent Banide as head coach on a one-year-deal.

The 51-year-old has managerial experience abroad which includes stints at AS Monaco, Al Nasr and Al-Orobah FC.

Most recently, Banide was in charge at Umm Salal SC in Qatar, before leaving in 2018.

Banide enjoyed a playing career at AS Monaco, Marseille and Strasbourg before moving into a coaching role with Monaco in 1993 where he spent 12 years before being made first team manager.

He will officially start his reign on July 1 when the players report back for pre-season training.

Chairman Abdallah Lemsagam said: “I’m delighted to welcome Laurent to Oldham Athletic.

“He brings a lot of experience to this club and I’m looking forward to working alongside him the 2019-20 campaign.

“I believe Laurent is a fantastic coach and is the right man to take this club forward going into the new season.”

One Reply to “Oldham Athletic appoints new head coach Laurent Banide on one-year deal”

  1. have kept quiet since Banide was appointed as to be quite honest I didn’t really have much to say.

    It was exactly what I expected. Somebody we have never heard of who had coached in some capacity before but would have no links to the English game. This is exactly what we have got.

    Is it a risk? Yes, a tremendous one. However, any managerial appointment is a risk. Penney came to Oldham on the back of a decent managerial record, was dross. We hired rookies left, right and centre yet Dowie (albeit with a load of cash) and Johnson were seemingly pretty decent so this is a risk just like any other previous managers we have had to date.

    English players signing? I’d guess probably not, in fact, I’d be quite confident that we will not be signing any.

    AL has chosen to go down this root, so let’s see what happens. Sadly, I see it ending virtually as soon as it begins, sacked in October and left scratching around, using our bingo ball machine for the next poor sod to take on the challenge of being the custodian of Oldham Athletic for the 3 months following.

    When he announced his vision/plan, I was willing to see whether actions speak as loud as his words do. I am still am but an appointment of a 51 year old on a one year deal doesn’t seem to enthral me sadly.

    I am, like with anybody, willing to give Banide the chance to prove my initial theory wrong and I would love nothing more than going into October/November bouncing our way to Scunthorpe in droves following a tremendous start to the season, sadly I don’t think that will be the case.

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