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Dickov and Curle both sacked as Oldham and Notts County chairman act - is Preston's Westley next?


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Looking at the N Power League 1 form table and three sides have been in freefall in recent weeks. Oldham have won just once in nine league games, Notts County have won just twice in eleven and Preston have won just twice in 16 games in all competitions.

Now that today, Oldham Athletic have confirmed the departure of manager Paul Dickov and Notts County have sacked Keith Curle, Graham Westley's Preston currently has the worst recent record in the division by some distance. Preston fans are already calling for his (Westley's) head. Preston broke an all time record recently having not won in their last eleven home league games their longest ever run of games without a single home win - and that winless run stretches back to September.

Meanwhile, Oldham's Paul Dickov might consider himself unfortunate to be sacked after Oldham famously beat Liverpool in front of millions of arm chair fans only last sunday. That result sets up another great ocassion with a home FA Cup tie against Everton in a fortnight.

A statement released by the Latics confirmed the 40 year old had "stepped aside" after losing 3-1 at Walsall.

Latics Chairman Simon Corney said after the Liverpool game that Dickov was still under pressure to turn league results around.

The former Arsenal, Manchester City and Leicester striker, who was in his first managerial role, took charge of Oldham in June 2010.

Three members of Dickov's backroom staff - assistant manager Gerry Taggart, fitness coach Paul Butler and reserve coach Lee Duxbury - were placed on gardening leave at the end of December.

And Saturday's defeat to the Saddlers, Oldham's eighth loss in nine league outings, left the Latics one place and one point above the relegation zone.

Corney told BBC Radio Manchester, "It's not an easy day because I'm so fond of Paul. Out of all the managers I've had and all the departures I've had to endure, this has definitely been the hardest.

"The game against Liverpool was my best day involved with the Latics, and a week later I'm parting company with the guy who gave me that best day.

"I truly believe Paul will go on to be a top manager.

"A combination of factors worked against him. I think he's been let down by the players. People will say I shouldn't say that in public, but it's true. The team that played against Liverpool - where were they on Saturday?

"I want to stay in League One. That's more important than beating Liverpool and beating Everton. I want to see effort from the players and I think they've got a lot to answer for."

Chairman Corney added that he had received around 25 applications for the job within two hours of Dickov's departure being made public.

Almost at the same time, Notts County announced that manager Keith Curle has been relieved of his duties with immediate effect, after less than a year in charge.

The 49-year-old leaves Meadow Lane with the Magpies 10th in League One and five points from a play-off position.

County lost 2-1 at bottom club Hartlepool on Saturday and have won just two of their last 11 matches in all competitions.

First-team coaches Colin Lee and Colin West have also left the club.

"This obviously is not a decision that we have taken lightly and certainly not one that I have taken any pleasure in reaching," chairman Ray Trew told the club website. 

County have had nine managers since Ian MacParland left in October 2009.



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