Dickov wields axe at Boundary Park

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Oldham have cut two players from their squad just a week after announcing losses of £1.5 million for last year.

Club captain Sean Gregan has joined Conference National side Fleetwood Town on a three-month loan deal while Rodrigue Dikaba has been released from his contract.

Gregan had been a permanent fixture of the side last season, playing every minute of every game under Dave Penney’s tutelage. Injury dashed hopes of continuing that record this season and- with a lack of match practice- the central defender has found himself out-of-favour under new boss Paul Dickov.

The 36 year-old veteran has made no secret of his desire to find first-team football and a short stint in non-league football may see him in contention for Dickov’s starting line-up when he returns, although Gregan has stated that he may seek a move in the new year.

Fellow centre-back Dikaba only joined the club two months ago after his release from Romanian side FC Ceahlăul Piatra Neamţ. However, he incurred the wrath of Dickov, who showed his ruthless streak after Dikaba disobeyed him.

The Congolese defender picked up an injury while on international duty and was instructed to return to the club for assessment by Oldham’s medical staff. Dikaba opted to use a doctor in Paris instead and saw his contract cancelled by the club as they cited the player’s poor attitude. Ironically, Dickov had praised the 24 year-old’s attitude upon his arrival in August.

The departures could be the first of many as the club look to cut down their large squad. With a new stadium and, consequently, new revenue streams still a while off, the club are likely to continue with their cuts being made at a pace that would impress even George Osborne.

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Paul Dickov
League One
Sean Gregan
Oldham Athletic

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