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Harry Kewell sacked by Oldham Athletic, Socceroos, reaction, Abdallah Lemsagam



Australian Socceroos legend Harry Kewell has become the latest victim of the revolving door of managers after being sacked by Oldham Athletic.

Kewell had not even been at the organisation for a year before he was brutally fired after a 0-0 draw with Southend United.

The League Two club had won 17 of 41 matches with Kewell in charge.

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The Australian was Oldham’s seventh different boss since Abdallah Lemsagam took over as owner in January 2018.

Kewell took to Twitter to address the development, concluding that he has “no regrets” with how it ended.

“Firstly I’d like to thank the fans for their support through my short spell at Oldham FC,” he wrote.

“All of the staff who have worked tirelessly throughout hectic schedule during a global pandemic making things tick behind the scenes.

“I’m proud of my players and coaching staff I honestly felt we were making good progress despite the inconsistency at times.

“I knew coming into this job that I wouldn’t have a budget to work with and that time wouldn’t be on my side but I leave without any regrets.”

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Kewell had only days early opened up to The Oldham Times about the “rollercoaster” season at the club and his hopes they would be able to turn it around under his watch.

“We’re like on a rollercoaster and I don’t like that because a sign of a good team is consistency, and consistency is a work ethic and it’s about producing that standard, and if you can produce that standard week in, week out, whether you win or lose, that’s a different thing,” Kewell said.

“Because it only takes a human error, a human mistake to change a game.

“We worked all week on what it was, we felt good, we looked good, but we had to alternate it and things chop and change (against Bolton).

“But, we knew it was going to be a fight. We still have 15 games left to go, still plenty of points up for grabs, and that’s how we’ll look at it.

Harry Kewell has been fired. (Photo by Charlotte Tattersall/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

“I think we’re holding up well and I think what we’re trying to achieve here it’s not going to be easy, it’s going to be tough. The owner knows it, we are all working together, and it is going to be a rocky road.”

The club confirmed his exit in a statement, adding: “he now leaves along with his assistant, Alan Maybury. We would like to thank both for their efforts this season and wish them well in the future.”

A replacement coach was not confirmed in the statement.

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Marco Tilio beat Argentina after IOC rules twist



The only thing more remarkable than Australian teenager Marco Tilio scoring with almost his first touch as an Olympian was the fact he wasn’t meant to be playing at all.

Originally called up as a travelling reserve to provide injury cover, Tilio was the latest of entries to the Olyroos’ squad, earning his stripes after the IOC made amendments to allow the football squads to add four extra players to provide additional flexibility during a complex Olympic Games tied down by Covid-19.

But Tilio likes to do things in a hurry. So he wasted no time in making an impact when called on by coach Graham Arnold – scoring a scorching goal with his second touch, mere seconds after coming off the bench, to seal a famous 2-0 victory over world heavyweights Argentina.

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It’s led to some instant internet notoriety, with Tilio’s Wikipedia page getting some curious updates in the wake of his stunning performance – which described his left-foot strike as “better than (Argentinian great) Lionel Messi has ever scored”.

It’s been a wild few weeks for the 19-year-old, who was sitting on the tarmac at Sydney Airport – having returned home after winning the A-League grand final with Melbourne City – when he received a call from his club that rattled him.

“You’re a chance to go to the Olympics,” he was told.

Two days later, that message came from an even more reliable source: Arnold himself.

“I missed (his call), but called him back and he said ‘you’re going to be an Olympian’. I was in so much shock,” Tilio said in Sapporo on Friday.

“So many emotions were going through (my head) last night. ) It’s such a proud moment for me and my family back home. Who could’ve thought? Really it’s just a dream come true.

“But there’s always so much more we can do, keep fulfilling dreams and showing what Australia are made of at an Olympic Games.”

Arnold has boldly declared his team – who started the tournament as $151 outsiders – can claim gold, and Tilio confirmed that’s a belief that the squad carries as well.

“Of course. We always say the strong belief and family culture we have in this team, the sky is the limit for us I believe, and all the boys believe,” he said.

“Everyone comes here with the same goal: to get the gold medal.”

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