FORMER Huddersfield Town and Bury boss Lee Clark has thrown his hat into the ring for the vacant manager’s job at Oldham Athletic.

The 46-year-old is keen to make a return to football after leaving his last job at Gigg Lane in October 2017 alongside ex-Celtic coach Alan Thompson.

Clark began his managerial career at Huddersfield and, before taking over at the Shakers, a spell that lasted eight months, he had been at the helm at Birmingham City, Blackpool and Kilmarnock.

Interest in the Latics post is said to be high – although there is suggestion from those close to Boundary Park Abdallah Lemsagam is considering a ‘continental-style’ structure for what would be his fifth appointment.

Uruguayan Pablo Correa, who has previously been linked with the club, and former striker Shefki Kuqi are understood to be interested.

The bookies’ favourite until now has been ex-England international Sol Campbell, who helped Macclesfield Town avoid relegation against the odds.

The former Tottenham and Arsenal defender signed an 18-month contract at Moss Rose in November last year but is said to be concerned at recent events at the Cheshire club, where players remain unpaid and the chairman recently stepped down.

Another of the early favourites, Owen Coyle, is open about speaking to Oldham but has not applied directly for the job.

Ex-Rochdale boss Keith Hill and another former Macc manager, John Askey, are also understood to be under consideration.

Pete Wild walked away last week after a second caretaker spell in charge.

He stepped into the breach after Paul Scholes’ departure in March but felt he needed to put some distance between himself and the club to continue his career.

“I just felt the time was right,” he said. “There had been so much up and down stuff that had gone on, I did what the owner told me to do.

“There were things going on in the background but I had control of them. I just felt I had to make a clean break.”