Oldham hire ex-Liverpool and Leeds star Harry Kewell as new manager

Oldham hire former Liverpool and Leeds United winger Harry Kewell as their new manager after League Two side sacked Dino Maamria on Friday

  • League Two side Oldham Athletic sacked manager Dino Maamria on Friday night 
  • Maamria had been in charge for 11 months and led the club to 19th in the league
  • Sportsmail understands the Latics are set to hire Harry Kewell as their new boss
  • The Australian, 41, managed Crawley and Notts County between 2017 and 2018 

Oldham have appointed Harry Kewell as their manager after former boss Dino Maamria was sacked this week.

Maamria was relieved of his duties late on Friday evening after 11 months in charge at Boundary Park, having led the Latics to 19th place in League Two before the coronavirus pandemic halted the season. 

The Boundary Park role is the 41-year-old’s third role in charge of a Football League club, having had short-term stints in charge of Crawley Town and Notts County in 2017 and 2018. 

Oldham are set to hire former Liverpool and Leeds player Harry Kewell as their new boss

Oldham are set to hire former Liverpool and Leeds player Harry Kewell as their new boss

Kewell will replace Dino Maamria (pictured) who was sacked by the Latics on Friday night

Kewell will replace Dino Maamria (pictured) who was sacked by the Latics on Friday night

Kewell told the Oldham club website: ‘I’m excited about the project and don’t get me wrong it’s going to take time. Because the one thing I think this club does need is stability and if we can get that, then we can start to grow things.

‘We’ve got to get back to the basics and we’re having a “clean slate” here now and I think the fans, myself, the owner, everybody wants to start seeing this club progress because we all believe that’s there’s a big potential.’

In the 2017-18 season, Kewell led Crawley to a 14th-placed finish in League Two before being snapped up by Notts County during the summer of 2018. 

But the Australian lasted only 14 games at Meadow Lane and was sacked in November 2018 and the Nottingham club would go on to be relegated the following May. 

Kewell led Crawley Town to a 14th-placed finish in the 2017-18 League Two season

Kewell led Crawley Town to a 14th-placed finish in the 2017-18 League Two season

Kewell has also held a coaching role in Watford’s youth set-up, where he was manager of the under-21s side between 2015 and 2017.

During his playing days, the Australian came through the youth ranks of Leeds United and would go on to make 181 Premier League appearances for the Whites between 1996 and 2003.

Kewell then joined Liverpool for £5million in 2003 and was part of the Reds squad that won the 2005 Champions League title and the 2006 FA Cup. 

After nearly 100 appearances for the Anfield club, Kewell then joined Galatasaray before ending his playing career in his native Australia via a brief short-term stint in Qatar. 

Kewell wore the number 7 shirt as a Liverpool player and won several trophies at Anfield

Kewell wore the number 7 shirt as a Liverpool player and won several trophies at Anfield

The winger, now aged 41, also represented Australia at the 2006 and 2010 World Cup finals

The winger, now aged 41, also represented Australia at the 2006 and 2010 World Cup finals

He was also capped 58 times by Australia and represented them in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.  

Maamria became Oldham’s fifth manager in 12 months when he replaced Laurent Banide last September.

Frankie Bunn, Pete Wild, Paul Scholes and Banide – a former Monaco manager – all managed Oldham in the 12 months preceding Maamria’s appointment. 

A club statement read on Friday evening: ‘Dino Maamria has today departed the club from his role as a head coach of Oldham Athletic, together with his team.

‘We would like to place our appreciation on record to Dino for his hard work and dedication. We also wish Dino all the best for his future endeavours.’  

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