Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Excuses Will No Longer Wash ; Oldham's Revival Came to an End When They Lost at Home to Bury on Tuesday Night. Chairman Simon Corney Isn't a Happy Man, but Manager Paul Dickov Is Defending His Team. Mike Keeganreports

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Excuses Will No Longer Wash ; Oldham's Revival Came to an End When They Lost at Home to Bury on Tuesday Night. Chairman Simon Corney Isn't a Happy Man, but Manager Paul Dickov Is Defending His Team. Mike Keeganreports

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TEACHERS polarise opinion. Some think they have too many holidays and should stop complaining, others believe they do the most important job in the world and deserve better.

Oldham Athletic chairman Simon Corney has singled out one for sympathy.

"I watched the match against Bury on Tuesday night in the sponsors' lounge," he said.

"There was a woman in there, a Latics fan, who had caught the train up from Wolverhampton. A teacher called Joyce.

"She was staying in a Premier Inn and had sponsored the game. All in all it cost her Pounds 250 - a fortune. 1 "I then had to sit next to her for 90 minutes and watch her watch that rubbish. The players should have been dragged up there and made to apologise to her."

It's hard to argue.

After an early term outburst in which headmaster Corney declared that poor performances were 'making people bored of Oldham Athletic', Paul Dickov's pupils went on a good run of one defeat in seven games.

That spell, aided by the considerable talents of former Everton wonderkid Jose Baxter and on-loan Nottingham Forest striker Matt Derbyshire, helped to bring some rare sunshine to one of England's coldest ground.

But the grey skies of gloom returned after a dismal performance in the rain handed Kevin Blackwell's hard-working Bury side a deserved three points and dropped the home side into the dunce's corner of 18th place.

Still furious, Corney delivered a 'must do better' report card yesterday.

"It was abysmal," he said. "And the worst thing was that there was no hurt on their faces.

"They need to know that was not acceptable.

"Matt Derbyshire was the only one absolved of any blame.

"He worked hard and has played at the top level and the others should look at the example he sets."

Corney, the last man standing after his two New-York based partners decided to take a back seat, has already done his maths lessons. …

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