Joe Royle returns to Oldham as manager John Sheridan departs

By Sportsmail Reporter

Blast from the past: Former Ipswich boss Joe Royle returns to the Oldham hot-seat, 15 years after leaving as manager

Blast from the past: Former Ipswich boss Joe Royle returns to the Oldham hot-seat, 15 years after leaving as manager

Joe Royle has returned to Oldham as manager after John Sheridan was sacked.

Royle, 59, the most successful manager in the League One club's history, has been asked to guide them until the end of the season in the hope they can make the play-offs.

Sheridan, 44, left in the wake of Saturday's 6-2 defeat at MK Dons. The club have been in turmoil recently. Sheridan was involved with Lee Hughes in a brawl at Belle Vue dogs last week.

Managing director Simon Corney said: 'This has been a very upsetting and tough decision, but we have been in a bit of a rut of late and we feel this is the best course of action.'

Royle spent 12 years at Oldham between 1982 and 1994 before joining Everton.

His last job was with Ipswich but he has been considered for Leicester and Wigan.

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