Talbot takes Oldham offer after quitting Diamonds

Oldham Athletic have announced the appointment of Brian Talbot as their new manager. Talbot resigned from Rushden and Diamonds this week after seven years in charge amid speculation that he topped the Second Division side's shortlist.

Oldham Athletic have announced the appointment of Brian Talbot as their new manager. Talbot resigned from Rushden and Diamonds this week after seven years in charge amid speculation that he topped the Second Division side's shortlist.

The 50-year-old, who started his managerial career at West Bromwich Albion, transformed Diamonds' fortunes and led them from the Nationwide Conference into the Second Division. Talbot, who has signed a contract until June 2007, replaces Iain Dowie, who left in December to take over at Crystal Palace. John Sheridan, who had been acting as joint-caretaker manager along with David Eyres, has been offered the role of first-team coach.

Oldham's owners, Simon Corney, Danny Gazal and Simon Blitz, had hoped Dowie would stay after their takeover was given the go-ahead in January. But following Dowie's departure the trio refused to be rushed into finding a replacement.

"We are absolutely delighted," Corney said. "We earmarked Brian from the very beginning but did not think we would be able to get him. But then circumstances changed at the right time. With a new owner at Rushden we figured maybe there was an opportunity for us. So we made contact and established Brian was available, and we are so pleased to get him without causing anyone any harm."

Corney confirmed Talbot will be looking to appoint an assistant in his own time, while funds will be made available for team strengthening.

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