OLDHAM have sacked manager Frankie Bunn after just six months in charge following their 6-0 battering by Carlisle United on Wednesday.
The Latics, who were unbeaten in six League Two games before consecutive defeats by Exeter and Carlisle, are 12th in table and only seven points off the play-offs.
The 56-year-old former Oldham striker replaced Richie Wellens on a one-year deal in June after relegation to League Two.
A short and sharp club statement said: “Oldham Athletic Football Club can confirm that the contract of manager Frankie Bunn has been terminated with immediate effect.
“We would like to place on record our thanks to Frankie for all his efforts during his time at Boundary Park.
“Pete Wild will take the first team as caretaker manager and the club will look to appoint a permanent manager as soon as possible.”
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Oldham next face Port Vale in League Two on Saturday, before taking on bottom club Notts County on New Year’s Day.
Wild will take over as caretaker boss as they look for a replacement.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s son Darren is in the frame for the job. As is former Bolton and West Ham midfielder Kevin Nolan.