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Philliskirk not in Latics frame

21 February 2013

Oldham caretaker manager Tony Philliskirk has once again distanced himself from taking the reins on a permanent basis at Boundary Park.

Philliskirk stepped in following Paul Dickov's resignation earlier this month and masterminded the dramatic 2-2 draw against Everton in the fifth round of the FA Cup either side of back-to-back wins over MK Dons and Stevenage that lifted Latics out of the npower League One relegation zone.

But the 48-year-old remains committed to a return to his role at the head of Oldham's youth development operation and insists credit for the recent upturn in form should be shared by his fellow coaches and the playing squad.

"The results haven't changed the way I feel," he told a press conference before Saturday's home game with Portsmouth. "My strengths are coaching and developing players - the wins have had no impact.

"I am really uncomfortable with it because I feel like I am getting all the plaudits and that's not right.

"We are in it together and Paul Gerrard, Jon Guy and Anthony Gray have been brilliant and you mustn't underestimate the work they have done.

"I also can't speak highly enough of the players and they should get most of the credit."

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