Keith Curle named as new Oldham Athletic head coach

Oldham Athletic have appointed former Northampton boss Keith Curle as their new head coach.

The League Two outfit have replaced Harry Kewell as manager just a day after he was sacked in the form of experienced Football League manager Keith Curle, who joins on a short-term deal which will run until the end of the season.

Curle, 57, achieved promotion from League Two last season with Northampton Town via the playoffs. He was sacked by the League One side last month with the club bottom of League One.

Newly-appointed boss Curle has told the press he was so eager to get back into management, saying that he was “ready to work the day after” he got his “severance agreement” from his former employer.

“Some people might say you need time away to absorb what happened but I’m a worker and I love football and I love coaching,” said Curle. “I like being around players and I like being on the training ground.

“I watch games and I watch football and I enjoy learning so I need to be involved and be around it. Take me out of that environment and I get frustrated.

“I had a day off (after leaving Northampton) and then I was ready to work the day after I got my severance agreement through from my previous club.

“I’ve got a passion and a desire and if the project is right for me, then I buy into it. If it wasn’t right, I wouldn’t be sat here.”

The Latics currently stand 16th in League Two at the time of Curle’s arrival.

The ex-England internationals first game in the Oldham hot seat is a trip to Vale Park, to take on fellow strugglers Port Vale this evening.

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