Oldham appoint ex-Monaco boss Laurent Banide as manager

Laurent Banide takes Monaco training in 2011
Image: Laurent Banide had two spells in charge at Monaco

Former Monaco boss Laurent Banide has been named the new manager of Oldham Athletic.

The 51-year-old has most recently been working in the Middle East, managing clubs in Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Banide - who had two spells in charge at Monaco, in 2006-2007 and again in 2011 - will take over at Boundary Park after Pete Wild left the Sky Bet League Two club for personal reasons at the end of the season.

Former Manchester United and England player Paul Scholes had a brief spell managing Oldham last season, but he lasted only 31 days and seven matches before resigning from the role.

"I'm delighted to welcome Laurent to Oldham Athletic," chairman Abdallah Lemsagam said.

"He brings a lot of experience to this club and I'm looking forward to working alongside him in the 2019/20 campaign.

"I believe Laurent is a fantastic coach and is the right man to take this club forward going into the new season."

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Banide played for Monaco, Marseille and Strasbourg before taking on a coaching role with Monaco in 1993.

He was made first team boss in 2006 before leaving a year later, returning to the role in 2011.

Oldham, meanwhile, finished 14th in League Two last season.

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