Big Joe's back at Oldham

Joe Royle has returned to manage his former club Oldham Athletic until the end of the season – replacing John Sheridan, who parted company with the club at the weekend.

Fan favourite Royle returns to the League One club after 15 years, having led them through arguably their most successful period, guiding them to the to the top flight, two FA cup semi-finals and a League Cup final.

Royle left the Latics in 1994 and went on to manage Everton, Manchester City and Ipswich Town. He has been out of the game for three years.

The Latics legend arrives on the back of a three-game losing streak, the last a 6-2 drubbing at the hands of fellow promotion hopefuls MK Dons. Club confidence was shaken after a controversial night out at Belle Vue was marred by scuffles involving Sheridan and players.

Royle has just nine games until the end of the season to fire Oldham into the play off places; they are currently a point back in eight place. His first game in charge will be on Saturday at Boundary Park against sixth-placed Tranmere.