Updated: Friday, 3rd April 2020 @ 6:26pm

Paul’s ok... for now: Oldham Athletic chairman Simon Corney backs boss after Dickov job speculation

Paul’s ok... for now: Oldham Athletic chairman Simon Corney backs boss after Dickov job speculation

By Matthew Lees

After national newspaper reports claimed Paul Dickov was close to being sacked, Oldham Athletic chairman Simon Corney has backed his manager – but only in the short term.

Despite Oldham’s shock FA Cup win over seven-time FA Cup winners Liverpool, Dickov is under pressure after securing just one point out of 24 in the league.

Oldham have won just twice in 2013 – both times in the cup – and are without a League One win since December 8, putting Dickov’s job on the line.

"I think Paul's OK for the time being," Corney told BBC Breakfast.

"If you lose seven out of eight games [in the league] then you're going to be under pressure.”

"Paul and I have a great working relationship and [he] puts pressure on himself. Hopefully this will be the kick-start and we won't be talking about Paul's position again."

Latics booked their place in the fifth round of the FA cup for the first time since 1994 when they reached the semi-finals.

In his time as chairman, Corney has seen Oldham beat Manchester City and Everton in the FA Cup but he believes the win over Liverpool was the finest result.

"I would say it is probably the best as we were at home and also against the biggest club we have played and knocked out,” added Corney.

"Rather than talking about relegation the whole time, it is a massive lift for the club and for the town.

"The finances are handy but we would have got through the season with or without the cup run. Now we get through it easier."

Dickov, who had a successful playing career, declared the victory over the Premier League giants as the greatest moment of his career.

"I was a lucky boy to have the playing career I had, but this is the top moment,” said the Scot.

Having knocked out Liverpool, Oldham will have a chance to complete a Merseyside double with Everton at home in the fifth round.

Image courtesy of Oldham Athletic, via YouTube, with thanks.

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