Socceroos great Harry Kewell’s tough start to life as Oldham Athletic manager has taken another turn for the worse, with the Australian coach testing positive for COVID-19.
Kewell missed Wednesday morning’s 1-1 home draw with Carlisle after the test result, while his self-isolation period will see him miss two further matches against Port Vale and Southend.
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“Oldham Athletic can confirm that assistant head coach Alan Maybury will take charge of tonight’s game on the touchline after a positive test for COVID-19 came back today for Harry Kewell,” the club said in a statement.
“The head coach will now continue to self isolate for a period of ten days after feeling unwell towards the end of the weekend.
“He was subsequently re-tested yesterday, but was not present at training since developing symptoms.”
Maybury said after the match that Kewell had been ‘in his ear’ throughout recent training sessions and the match, with the Aussie guiding proceedings from home.
Kewell’s struggling Latics have garnered just five points from seven League Two matches this campaign, but found some form in recent days with the latest result coming off the back of a 2-1 win over Bolton on the weekend.
“At this level it’s about getting that consistency. If we get that consistency right, then hopefully we can progress,” Kewell said after that victory.
“It’s always nice, it’s a derby, to get one over them and now hopefully they believe that they can get to that next level.
“We’ve got to now enjoy this moment and build on this slight momentum.”
Kewell was appointed coach of the Latics in August, after an unsuccessful stint in charge of fellow fourth-division side Notts County in 2018 lasted just 14 games.