Ex-Leeds United and Liverpool winger Harry Kewell named Oldham Athletic head coach

HARRY KEWELL has been named as the new head coach of League Two Oldham Athletic on a one-year contract.

NEW ROLE: For ex-Leeds United winger Harry Kewell. Picture: Pete Norton/Getty Images.

The Australian made close to 200 appearances for Leeds United between 1996 and 2003 before leaving the Whites for Liverpool at the end of the 2002-03 campaign.

He spent five years in Merseyside before leaving England to play for Turkish club Galatasaray and later enjoyed spells in his native Australia and Qatar.

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Kewell received a Ballon D'or nomination while playing for Leeds in 2001 and won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005.

The 41-year-old has previously managed in League Two, taking charge of Crawley Town and Notts County.

"I'm excited about the project and don't get me wrong it's going to take time. Because the one thing I think this club does need is stability and if we can get that, then we can start to grow things," Kewell said following his arrival at Boundary Park.

"We've got to get back to the basics and we're having a 'clean slate' here now and I think the fans, myself, the owner, everybody wants to start seeing this club progress because we all believe that's there's a big potential."

Kewell replaces Dino Maamria who left his role as head coach at the Latics on Friday evening.

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