Who is the new Oldham Athletic manager?

Date published: 12 June 2019

Oldham Athletic fans will be hoping the appointment of their new manager will spark a turnaround in fortunes for the club.

Latics announced Laurent Banide as their new head coach on Tuesday evening, signing a one-year deal.

It follows a period of turmoil for the League Two side, who finished 14th last season – after their relegation to the fourth tier the campaign before that.

Owner Abdallah Lemsagam has now appointed five managers in his 18-month reign – with former Manchester United and England midfielder Paul Scholes lasting just 31 days in between two spells by Pete Wild.

The chairman said that Banide “brings a lot of experience” and is the right man to take the club forward.


Banide began his managerial career with AS Monaco, taking charge of their B side in the early 1990s. He moved on to the U19 side in 1997, before becoming assistant manager to Jean Petit and Francesco Guidolin at the first team.

In October 2006, Banide was named manager of Monaco – taking over from Laszlo Boloni – as the club languished in 19th place in the 20-team Ligue 1.

Banide guided Monaco to 9th that season, winning 11 of his 28 league matches in charge, with 11 draws.

From there, he moved to the Middle East to manage Umm Salal in Qatar in November 2007 and on to Al-Kuwait in Kuwait roughly 12 months later.

After spells at Al-Dhafra and Al-Nasr in the United Arab Emirates, he returned to manage Monaco in January 2011.

His second period in the dugout in the French league didn’t go as well as his first, though, and he was unable to save Monaco from relegation that season. Banide’s side finished 18th and missed out on safety by two points.

He remained in charge for the first six matches of the following campaign, where he failed to win any of his matches in his bid to guide Monaco back to the top flight.

After leaving the Ligue 2 side, he returned to coach in the Middle East, taking charge of Al Kharitivat in Qatar.

He returned to Al-Dhafra in December 2012, before leading Al-Wasl in the UAE for four matches.

Banide took 12 games at Orubah in Saudi Arabia, before a third spell at Al-Dhafra and a second at Al-Kuwait in February 2015 and June 2016, respectively.

In May 2017, Banide took over Al Khor in Qatar, staying for six months – before returning to Umm Salal.

He now takes charge of Oldham Athletic, as his first job in English football.

In all, Banide has held 15 senior managerial positions across 10 clubs in just over 12 years.

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