Cup upset earns Dickov breathing space
Paul Dickov is set to continue as Oldham manager following talks with chairman Simon Corney.
Dickov led the npower League One strugglers to an improbable 3-2 FA Cup fourth-round victory over Liverpool on Sunday but was forced to field questions surrounding his future after the match. The Latics have only got one point from their last eight league matches.
But Dickov, who saw three key members of his backroom staff placed on gardening leave on New Year's Eve, told Sky Sports News: "I've been with Simon this morning and Simon's told me that he wants me to stay on. I'm happy to carry on, I love my job."
He added: "He's obviously said that decision's up to me ultimately, and I'll just carry on as I did do last week and the week before, and last season and the season before that.
"I'm a lucky boy to have a job, there's only 92 of us in the league and I just want to be the best I can. I'll work as hard as I can and if I do that we've got a chance of winning games."
Winning games in the build-up to next month's mouth-watering fifth-round meeting with Everton appears vital to Dickov's prospects of being in the dugout for the tie after Corney failed to offer firm assurances on his position.
Despite enjoying a triumph that harked back to the club's halcyon days under Joe Royle two decades ago, the New York-based businessman insists survival in the third tier is paramount and believe Oldham's current slump in the league makes it understandable that Dickov's position should come under scrutiny.
"I don't think (Dickov departing) is inconceivable," Corney said. "We've got one point out of 24 and football is a results-driven business. We need to win games, we need to stay in this division and you have to make decisions.
"Sometimes they're very, very tough. I've never had any enjoyment when I've fired the manager, I'm friends with all the ones we've parted company with.
"I don't want to lose Paul but there comes a point, whether it's Man United, Man City - whoever it is, you're going to find yourself in a situation one day when you need to make changes."
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