DINO Maamria wants to unite the Oldham fans with their club once again as he plots success at Boundary Park.

Relegation to the Football League’s bottom tier and the club’s direction under owner Abdallah Lemsagam has led to disgruntlement on the terraces with some small protests also taking place at Boundary Park.

The new Latics boss takes his side to Carlisle on Saturday for his second game in charge after beating Morecambe 3-1 in his first knowing getting supporters back on side will be vital in his pursuit of success.

Maamria has not shied away from setting high aims, believing Championship football is not out of the question in the next few years but the former Stevenage manager knows that foundations have to be put in place first.

“Every club who has been through a similar period to Oldham where they had a relegation, a change of ownership, a change of management, it’s not easy,” said the 48-year-old, Lemsagam’s fifth permanent head coach appointment since taking over in January 2018.

“The chairman has been harshly and unfairly treated by the outside. It’s just a transition period.

“We’ve caught it at the right time now where we’re going to give some stability to the football club and from there we can kick on going forwards.

“I think we’ve got to take one game at a time at the moment.

“I’ve got the players that I’ve got, I’ve got to work with this, improve them, tweak certain areas of the pitch, give those players confidence and win football matches.

“If we do that, then we’ll see where we are in January and take it from there. You can’t really look further than that with this group of players.

“The big vision is to stabilise the club to bring the fans and the club back together.

“That will be a big job and if we do that we’re halfway there.”

A crowd of 3,305 watched the victory over fellow League Two strugglers Morecambe and Maamria hopes more performances like that will see numbers on the terraces rise in the weeks and months to come.

“The reception I got from the fans against Morecambe was awesome, I felt it personally and that is going to drive me to do well for those fans and pay them back,” he said.

“We got 3,000 on Saturday and hopefully we can build that up to 6,000, 7,000 to where it should be.

“In terms of the performance on the pitch I thought it was fantastic, we played some awesome football on the front foot. We scored three and could have scored six.

“It was great day for Oldham Athletic on Saturday and hopefully it’s the start of something special.”