NEW Oldham head coach Laurent Banide is hoping to develop Latics’ young players like he was able to do with Thierry Henry.

The 51-year-old was a youth coach at Monaco when the future France and Arsenal star was coming through the ranks.

Former Juventus striker David Trezeguet and ex-Barcelona and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure are other former players who speak highly of the work done by the Frenchman. 

Having worked his way up the coaching ranks at the Stade Louis II he had two stints in the top job in Monte Carlo and arrives at Boundary Park after eight years working in the Middle East.

And working with the academy and trying to play attacking football are top of his agenda.

“Every time I see them it’s a pleasure to see Thierry, Yaya and David,” said Banide, speaking at his first press conference since taking charge. 

“It was a fantastic time working with those players.

“I am very happy when I hear what they say but I just try to do my best. They are big talents and I did my job.

“I am happy because they had a good careers but it’s not only me.

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“I was not alone, I was in an academy with a lot of young players who had good careers.

“I am very happy for Thierry, Yaya and David and all the others but I just did my job and I tried every time, even in the Middle East, to help the young players.

“I like to give chances to the young.”

Developing young players, Banide’s stock in trade, means he will need to be afforded time in the hotseat.

Managers have come and gone at Boundary Park though, Paul Scholes lasting just 31 days last season in a campaign that also saw Frankie Bunn sacked and Pete Wild have two spells in caretaker charge.

The last manager to see out a season was Lee Johnson, the now Bristol City boss leaving in February 2015 after 103 games in charge across a two-year spell.

Banide, who has signed a one-year deal, is the 12th appointment since then but has brushed aside any concerns about how long he might be at  the helm.

“Every time I arrive at a club I try to project to the future,” he said.

“I am here, I don’t know for how long, but I will try and give my all.

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“Whether it’s one year, two years, maybe more, I don’t know.

“It’s not set amount of time, it’s about giving my all every day.

“We’ll be doing things step-by-step and if we can do that for a long time then fantastic.”

A lengthy stay in OL1 would see Banide at least have chance to get acquainted with his new town, the streets around Boundary Park a world away from Monte Carlo.

A whirlwind first few days in the job have seen Latics put through double sessions with attentions now turning to heading to Morocco on Friday for a 10-day training camp where they will play games against Sporting Club Chabab Mohammedia on July 10 and Casablanca’s Raja Club Athletic four days later.

“I haven’t had too much time to see the town,” said Banide, who will be tasked with moving Oldham to the sharp end of League Two after a 14th place finish last term.   

“I arrive in the morning and then leave at night!

“I will have time to do that and I’m very happy here.

“Before we go to Morocco it’s important to see everyone to chat with the staff and the players so I don’t have time to see the town.

“Maybe after but at the moment it’s important to have a good atmosphere around the club.

“It may be different to Monte Carlo but a field is a field.

“You work with the ball on a pitch and if you have good players and a spirit it’s the same.

“I’m here for work and I’m very happy to be here.”