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Richie Wellens wants Oldham manager's job over Clarence Seedorf

Former Manchester United academy graduate Richie Wellens (left) chats to Ryan Giggs.
Former Manchester United academy graduate Richie Wellens (left) chats to Ryan Giggs.

Former Manchester United academy graduate Richie Wellens is hoping to beat four-time Champions League winner Clarence Seedorf to the vacant Oldham manager's job.

Sources have told ESPN FC that Seedorf is "one of a number of candidates" being considered for the role after John Sheridan was sacked last week.

Wellens, 37, who made one appearance for United in 1999, was named caretaker manager following Sheridan's departure and has led the team to back-to-back wins over Peterborough and Portsmouth to move off the bottom in League One.

And the former Doncaster, Blackpool and Leicester midfielder says he would like a crack at the job full-time.

"If I would have lost both games, I would have had no chance, no matter how we have played," he said after the 2-1 win at Portsmouth on Saturday.

"In English football, all people care about is results, and at the minute, that's all I care about because I had to buy myself some time to try and get the job.

"Going forward, I want to get the performances like that every week."

Clarence Seedorf made 300 league appearances for AC Milan between 2002 and 2012.
Clarence Seedorf made 300 league appearances for AC Milan between 2002 and 2012.

If Seedorf is appointed at Boundary Park, it would be the Dutchman's third managerial position after spells in charge of AC Milan and Shenzhen in China.

The 41-year-old played nearly 1,000 games during a career that took him to some of the world's biggest clubs including Ajax, Real Madrid and AC Milan.

And Wellens understands why he might be appealing to Oldham's owners.

He added: "He's an unbelievable football player. If he wants to come and take this job, and the owners want him, I'm not going to argue with the name of Clarence Seedorf.

"He's a fantastic name in world football. It's up to the owners what they want to do.

"But of course I want the job, especially now after these lads have given me so much over these two games."

Rob is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @RobDawsonESPN.

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