Oldham Athletic, the League I club reported to be targeting Huddersfield Town Under 21 coach Frankie Bunn as their new manager, say they want to make an appointment by a week on Monday.

The SportsDirect.com (Boundary) Park club, who host Town in a pre-season friendly on Saturday, July 16, have lost John Sheridan to League II Notts County and are now seeking a sixth boss in 15 months.

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Former Oldham player Bunn, 53, has had four successful years at Town and has just led his charges to Professional Development League II play-off success.

The former Wigan Athletic, Manchester City, Coventry City and Rochdale coach initially took charge of the Under 18s, who he led to two PDL II play-off finals and the last eight of the FA Youth Cup.

He has also taken the 21s to two play-off finals as well as the semi-finals of this season Under 21 Premier League Cup.

Oldham chief executive Neil Joy said: “Having been shocked and surprised by the departure of John Sheridan, we have to quickly put that disappointment behind us.

“We have begun the process of finding a manager who can build a squad capable of challenging at the top end of League I and will look to appoint as soon as possible.

“Ideally we will have a manager in place by Monday, June 13, to enable squad building to take place in time for pre-season.

“We have already identified a number of possible candidates for the position so the process of making an appointment is well under way.”

Former Oldham players Rick Holden, a coach at Walsall, and Warren Feeney, the Newport County boss, are also being linked with the vacancy.

So too are current Latics assistant manager Peter Shirtliff and ex-Town chief Mark Robins.

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Oldham’s League I rivals Walsall have made former Town defender Jon Whitney manager on a permanent basis.

Whitney became caretaker manager in March after the departure of Sean O’Driscoll and took the Saddlers to the play-offs.