Gerry Taggart joins ex-Leicester City team-mate Paul Dickov at Oldham
Gerry Taggart has left Leicester City to become Paul Dickov’s assistant manager at Oldham Athletic.
Taggart linked up with his former City colleague after Dickov became player-manager at the League One club yesterday.
Reserve-team boss Taggart had been an integral part of Nigel Pearson’s backroom team for the past three years after re-joining the club he served as a player between 1998 and 2004.
Pearson did not want to lose him, but gave the former Northern Ireland international his blessing yesterday as he felt it was a good opportunity after the 39-year-old decided to take up Dickov’s offer.
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City’s reserves did not feature in a reserve league last season after the second string was cut for financial reasons following City’s relegation to League One two years ago.
Pearson has stated he wants to rejoin a league this season. He sees the reserves as the natural progression for the academy’s promising youngsters, but has yet to be given the go-ahead.
Dickov was officially unveiled as Oldham boss yesterday and admitted he needed a strong No.2 if he was to juggle the dual role of player-manager.
“I have to be honest with myself and accept it is going to be hard to do both jobs,” said Dickov, who was released by City in February after a second spell as a player with the club.
“I am not going to pretend it will be easy. I will make mistakes, but sometimes you only learn by making mistakes.
“But one thing for certain is that I will be giving it my all, and I will be making sure the players here will be doing the same thing.
“Management is something which has always interested me. I have played for a lot of managers in my career and it has always fascinated me. I have always listened and taken on board things without probably realising it.”
Another former City favourite officially made the move into management yesterday when Neil Lennon was confirmed as manager of Celtic.
The 38-year-old was given the prestigious job at Celtic Park after finishing the season as caretaker manager following the sacking of Tony Mowbray.
“It’s a wonderful moment for me,” said Lennon, who spent four years at Filbert Street between 1996 and 2000.
“I don’t think anyone knows the club better than myself. There are just other aspects I need to work on.
“I think it’s a priority to challenge for the title. Last season wasn’t good enough but the players showed me they have it in them. They proved a lot to themselves over the run-in.
“We know we’ve got to hit the ground running. We’ll be looking to bring in players with experience and a bit more nous.’’