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Oldham's caretaker boss, Tony Philliskirk gets nod from chairman ahead of vital games versus Portsmouth and then Everton

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Oldham face a crucial relegation game against bottom side Portsmouth at Boundary park on saturday. A win will help Latics pull further away from the drop zone if other results go their way.

It's been a busy week off the field for caretaker boss Tony Philliskirk. Firtsly, his chairman Simon Corney has hinted that Philliskirk could remain in charge of the first team for an extended period.

Tuesday's win at Stevenage lifted the Latics out of the League One drop zone.

"If it's not broken, don't fix it," said Corney, who admitted that he is "not very far" into the search for a successor to Paul Dickov.

"We all know what a good job Tony's doing. He's a reluctant interim manager but he's done fantastically well."

Oldham have beaten MK Dons and Stevenage in the two games since Dickov resigned on 3 February, while Philliskirk also led the League One club to a draw with Premier League outfit Everton in the FA Cup fifth a week ago.

But the 48-year-old has previously said he is unlikely to take the position on a full-time basis as he would like to continue in his role as head of the youth setup at Boundary Park.

Speaking to BBC Radio Manchester, Corney continued: "Tony knows the players and he's been very much involved in the past.

"If a new guy comes in, is it a little risky? That's not to say Tony's going to stay for the rest of the season because he might not want to.

"Every day, he says to me 'have you found anyone yet?' and I always tell him that we'll talk about it tomorrow. I've been saying that for 12 days now so he might pull me up on that soon."

Oldham trailed 1-0 at the Lamex Stadium on Tuesday, but goals from captain Dean Furman and defender James Wesolowski earned the Latics a second successive league win.

Philliskirk received another boost when earlier in the week it was announced the up and coming Cup replay at Goodison Park will now kick off at 7.45pm on Tuesday 26th February.
  
The game was due to take place on Wednesday 27th Feb but will now take place a day earlier and will be shown live on ITV1, kicking off at 7.45pm.
 
The winner of the replay will then host Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup Quarter Finals and will be just 90 minites away from a place at Wembley.
 
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