Curle delighted to make quick return to management after taking charge of Oldham

'I had a day off and then I was ready to work the day after I got my severance agreement through from my previous club.'

Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 10:22 am
Keith Curle.

New Oldham Athletic head coach Keith Curle says he was eager to get back into management as quickly as possible after leaving Northampton last month.

The 57-year-old has been appointed 'head coach' by the Latics on a deal until the end of the season less than a month after he was sacked by the Cobblers.

"Some people might say you need time away to absorb what happened but I'm a worker and I love football and I love coaching," said Curle. "I like being around players and I like being on the training ground.

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"I watch games and I watch football and I enjoy learning so I need to be involved and be around it. Take me out of that environment and I get frustrated.

"I had a day off (after leaving Northampton) and then I was ready to work the day after I got my severance agreement through from my previous club.

"I've got a passion and a desire and if the project is right for me, then I buy into it. If it wasn't right, I wouldn't be sat here."

Curle, who replaces Harry Kewell, takes charge of his first game against Port Vale tonight and he will need instant results at Oldham given the owner's record of hiring and firing managers. He is the club's eighth different boss since 2018.

"I had a conversation late on Monday evening asking if I would be interested and it was an opportunity to come in until the end of the season," Curle added.

"I want to win games. A lot of managers can go in with a medium or long-term view and that's excellent to have when you understand the DNA of a football club, but mine is very much a short-term view at the moment and that's all about winning games.

"I've not got a problem with that. i'm building a team within a squad and very quickly I need to get results."

Whilst Curle will need to get to know most of his new squad, there is one player he is very familiar with.

"I've got a fantastic relationship with Nicky Adams," he added. "I respect him as a player and as a person and he has a lot of respect for his profession.

"He has an enthusiasm and a drive and the kid loves playing football. We let him come to Oldham from Northampton and part of that was about playing more games.

"Nicky wants to play. If there was a game everyday, he would want to play in all of them. That enthusiasm is infectious and I like having people like that around me."