PETE Carey will again be by Scott Naylor’s side next season as the coaching double-act strive to steer Oldham out of Kingstone Press League 1 and back to the Championship at the first time of asking.
Carey (49) has re-signed for a third year as Naylor’s assistant, having joined Roughyeds prior to the start of their two-year stay in the sport’s second tier.
Naylor has welcomed his No 2’s decision to stick with the club in another show of solidarity and stability.
Said the boss: “Pete isn’t afraid to question things or to air his views and opinions. I like that. It brings a lot to the club.
“He can be as serious as the next man when he has to be, but he can also be very funny. He’s great in the dressing room; always taking the mickey out of the lads. It’s good to see.
“He’s a very good assistant who does anything asked of him and I’m delighted he’s staying.
“He’s had plenty of experience in coaching at Salford (various age groups) and I know he really enjoys working at Oldham with the lads, myself and the others in the backroom team.”
Reflecting on last season and looking ahead to 2018, Carey said no one could blame relegation on a lack of effort from anyone in the training, coaching or playing squads.
The main reason, he said, was an unprecedented run of serious and season-ending injuries which robbed the club of many of its senior players for the last 12 games or so.
He went on: “We could have played better in some games, while there were also times when we didn’t finish teams off after we had done all the hard work.
“The number and severity of injuries didn’t help one little bit. We can’t change the past, but we can help to shape the future and it’s good to see how most of the lads have responded to their disappointments. That says a lot about them.
“Their unity and desire to stick together bodes well for Scott and I and for our plans for next season. If the lads are all in it with us we’re half way there.
“They want to be playing at the highest level they can and as coaches we’re no different; we want to be coaching at the highest level we can too.”
ORSA Quiz Night
DON’T forget tonight’s (Thursday) ORSA quiz night (8pm) at the Higginshaw ARLFC, St Stephen’s Street, Oldham. That’s where to go to spend an evening with fellow fans and to discuss all that’s been going on at the club since the end of last season.
Entry to the quiz is £1 a head (maximum of six per team) and there’s a £200 jackpot available to win. ORSA membership, incidentally, is only £10 for the year.