Former Republic of Ireland international John Sheridan has agreed to return to Oldham as head coach - his sixth stint at the helm.

Interim boss Selim Benachour, who replaced Keith Curle at the end of November, had earlier seen his side lose 3-0 at Harrogate, which left them bottom of Sky Bet League Two - seven points adrift from safety.

Ex-Oldham midfielder Sheridan previously had five spells, including twice in a caretaker capacity, as manager at Boundary Park, the last during 2017. In September 2020, he departed Waterford FC after just eight games in charge.

A brief club statement read: "Oldham Athletic can confirm that this evening John Sheridan has agreed to return as Head Coach with immediate effect.

"More details will follow next week but the club would like to thank Selim Benachour for his time in interim charge."

Former Paris St Germain midfielder and Tunisia international Benachour leaves the job without a league win since his promotion from an academy coaching role following Curle's departure in November.

Speaking after the defeat to Harrogate, Benachour said: "I have read that he (Sheridan) wants to come back and help and I would welcome that, no problem.

"I will sit down with the owners and see what's happening. I will never hide, but I can go back to the youth team, no problem."