Latics boss Harry Kewell tests positive for coronavirus

Date published: 21 October 2020


Oldham Athletic boss Harry Kewell has tested positive for coronavirus.

His assistant Alan Maybury had to take charge of last night's League Two game against Carlisle.

Kewell is continuing to self-isolate for a period of ten days, but will also have to miss the upcoming fixtures against Port Vale and Southend. 

The team announced the news yesterday (20th October). Latics released this statement before the match:

"Oldham Athletic can confirm that Assistant Head Coach Alan Maybury will take charge of tonight's game on the touchline after a positive test for Covid-19 came back today for Harry Kewell.

"The Head Coach will now continue to self isolate for a period of ten days after feeling unwell towards the end of the weekend. He was subsequently re-tested yesterday, but was not present at training since developing symptoms.

"Following consultation with the EFL, the game this evening against Carlisle United will continue as planned with a 7pm kick-off.

"Preparation behind-the-scenes for the game has continued as normal and the players along with Alan and the backroom staff will be assisted by Harry remotely during his isolation.

"The daily screening protocol and guidance from the EFL and government is still being followed in what is still a challenging time for all.

"Finally, the club would like to wish Harry a quick recovery and look forward to welcoming him back once it is safe for him to do so.

"He will be absent from tonight’s game as well as the Port Vale and Southend fixtures."


Do you have a story for us? Want to tell us about something going on in and around Oldham? Let us know by emailing news@oldham-chronicle.co.uk , calling our Oldham-based newsroom on 0161 633 2121 , tweeting us @oldhamchronicle or messaging us through our Facebook page. All contact will be treated in confidence.


While you are here...

...we have a small favour to ask; would you support Oldham Chronicle and join other residents making a contribution, from just £3 per month?

Oldham Chronicle offers completely independent local journalism with free access. If you enjoy the independent news and other free services we offer, please consider supporting us financially and help Oldham Chronicle to continue to provide local engaging content for years to come. Thank you.

Support Oldham Chronicle