Terrible run leads to manager sacking of former West Ham, Portsmouth and Everton player

Just nine matches into the new season, a former West Ham star has been relieved of his duties

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Former Everton, West Ham and Aston Villa star David Unsworth has lost his job at Oldham after a poor start to the season. Oldham have announced the decision in a statement, explaining that the 2023/24 campaign so far has 'not met expectations'.

An Oldham statement said: “After a strong finish to the 2022-23 season, a sizable investment in the playing budget and some highly promising signings during the summer, the start of the current campaign has unfortunately not met the expectations of the club.

"Following the takeover of Oldham Athletic by the Rothwell family in July 2022, it has been one of their main principles to stay out of the day-to-day running of football activities within the business and provide stability for the long-term survival of the club.

"David signed for three seasons, to bring stability on the playing front, but despite the hard work and dedication of David and his coaching team, results have not worked out on the pitch."

On 20 September 2022, Unsworth took on his first permanent role in football management with National League club Oldham Athletic but that came to an end almost 12 months later on 17 September after a seven-game winless run.

During his time at Oldham, Unsworth is credited with leading the Latics to a 12th place finish last season, but the club claim he has failed to meet expectations this time around, despite a sizeable investment in the playing budget.

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