Oldham appoint Matt Diskin as new head coach

Oldham have appointed ex-Batley boss Matt Diskin as the club’s new head coach on a two-year deal.

The 37-year-old will succeed Scott Naylor, who guided the Roughyeds to promotion into the Championship at the weekend in his seventh season at the club.

A former Leeds and Bradford hooker, Diskin has recently enjoyed three seasons as head coach of the Bulldogs in the Championship.

Diskin said: “I learned a lot in my three seasons at Batley and I’m still learning.

“Scott Naylor has done a fantastic job here and now the baton has been handed over to me to build on that and to turn Oldham into a long-term Championship side.

“It’s going to be tough, but it’s a challenge I’m looking forward to.”

Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton added: “Matt admits his first head coach’s role at Batley was a steep learning curve for him and that he is still learning, which is what you would expect.

“Among other things, we were impressed in interview by his honesty.

“We didn’t know until last Sunday which division we would be in next season, but there’s a lot of hard work to be done now.”

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