Former Oldham Athletic boss Paul Dickov admits pride and staff sackings forced resignation

By Matthew Lees

Former Oldham Athletic manager Paul Dickov believes he was forced to resign after being unable to carry out his role properly.

The Scot, who left after the club dumped Premier League Liverpool out of the FA Cup, is a fortnight into his new job as manager of League One champions Doncaster Rovers.

Dickov, despite leaving on February 3 with Latics just one place and one point above the relegation zone, is adamant he was doing a good job under the circumstances.

“I had my staff taken away from me at Oldham and I had no scouting network,” he told

“I’m a proud guy. The fact that I couldn’t actually carry out what I wanted to carry out meant I had to have a sit down with Simon [Corney].

“We came to the conclusion it was probably best that I resigned and got myself ready for the next challenge, which is here.”

Dickov was appointed Oldham manager in June 2010 and after replacing Dave Penney led his team to 17th and then 16th place the following season.

Cup competitions provided Dickov success as he defeated Nottingham Forest and Liverpool in this year’s FA Cup and took Athletic to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Northern Area final the previous season.

After Latics’ best FA Cup run since 1994, that earned valuable money from numerous TV appearances, he believes the club is now in a stronger position.

“There’s a consensus out there that it didn’t end right for me at Oldham but from my point of view it did,” added the 40-year-old.

“The two and half years I had there were fantastic for me, but it got to the point where I couldn’t do my job.

“It has made me a much better manager though.

“On a financial footing and player wise they are in a much better position than when I went in.”

Meanwhile midfielder Danny Gosset and goalkeeper Luke Simpson have agreed professional terms at Boundary Park.

The youngsters follow hot on the heels of Chris Sutherland and Joe Cooper who signed their first pro deals last week.

Simpson has yet to make a competitive appearance but Gosset made his debut against Shrewsbury Town and then made his first start the following game against Leyton Orient – the final match of the season.

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