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Season 2011/12

Football League: Dickov preview

  • 05 August 2011 11:38
  • Posted by Chris Bailey

Paul Dickov admits that he had his eyes opened wide by his first season in management.

The former City striker’s Oldham side flirted with the play-offs until after Christmas when they settled in mid-table finally finishing 18th with a total of 56pts.

He expects better this time around. He is not making any predictions but instead looking for ‘progress’.

“I am not getting carried away,” said the Scot on the eve of the season’s opener at home to Sheffield United. “There are some big teams in this league including the two from Sheffield, Preston, Charlton and Huddersfield who will all fancy themselves.

“We have had a good pre-season against some quality sides including those from the Premier League and I am sure that our best eleven will be a match for anyone.

“But we are a young side and young players are unpredictable and may lack some consistency. They made mistakes last season; hopefully they will have learned from those and be better this time around. If they haven’t then they will know about it.

It is no secret that we are not flush with money but we have brought in some good players who will improve us over the summer and with last year under our belts I expect us to be competitive

...Paul Dickov...

“I can see a difference already; the players are retaining information that we give them on the training ground and taking it on to the pitch in a way that they didn’t always do last season.”

For the always competitive Dickov the presence of three other former City players as managers in League One this term is just another spur.

He is close to Uwe Rosler (Brentford) and knows Steve Eyre (Rochdale) well from his time with the Blue but they are just other managers  standing in Oldham’s way there to be beaten.

“I am pleased for Uwe and for Steve that they have landed jobs with good clubs,” he said.

“Uwe is more experienced and I am sure it will be quite a culture shock for Steve to see just what managing at this level entails.

“There is a massive learning curve to go through and you soon learn that you cannot do everything yourself. You have to have a reliable and trusted staff around you and Steve bringing in Frankie Bunn was a good move on his part.

“I am looking forward to meeting all the lads on the touchline it might add a bit of spice.”

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