Despite knocking Liverpool out of the FA Cup on Sunday, the long-term future of Oldham manager Paul Dickov appears to be in doubt.

Dickov led the nPower League One strugglers to an unlikely victory over Brendan Rodgers' side, but was forced to field questions surrounding his future in the post-match press conference.

Despite guiding Oldham to the fifth round of the FA Cup, club chairman Simon Corney has doubts as to whether Dickov is the man to lead the Latics forward in the long-run.

On the face of it, sacking Dickov now would be very ill-timed, yet if you look at Oldham's league form it's easy to see why questions have been asked.

The Latics have taken just one point from a possible 24 and they are now in the midst of a relegation battle.

After the Liverpool game, Corney left his manager hanging when asked about Dickov's future. He said: "It's very awkward.

"We will have to chat about it tomorrow. There will be fans who say, 'how can you get rid of him after this'? Just like there were fans last week saying, 'how can you keep him?'

"Days like this are great, but the biggest thing is staying in this division. Paul is the first one to say he is under pressure. He knows that, I know that, the fans know that . . . there are a lot of things to think about."

Dickov himself was resigned to his fate in the post-match news conference.

"Will this be enough to keep me in a job? I don't know," he said.

However, following talks between Dickov and Corney, its been decided that the former Manchester City striker will continue in his role as manager, in the hope that the Liverpool result will spark an upturn in fortunes in the league and the team can move forward together as one.

Only time will tell.


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