MIDFIELDER Chris McCann insists it is business as usual for Oldham Athletic, on the pitch at least.

There have been question marks about the club’s future due to a number of administrative complications, including late payments to staff and players and a winding up petition for a tax debt which has now been settled.

In addition, owner Abdallah Lemsagam’s scheduled court case for an outstanding debt to Boundary Park landlords Brassbank – in the region of £600,000 – was adjourned until April 21 after some was paid back.

Latics later released a statement saying they have agreed a deal to buy Boundary Park having staved off the threat of administration.

But while the players are aware of what is going on behind the scenes, McCann insists their focus remains on football.

“We spoke to the owners last week and had meetings with everyone at the club. We are fully aware of what’s been said but we’ve had assurance from the owner himself that things are alright,” said the midfielder, who joined the club in October after playing for Atlanta United and DC United in America.

“I don’t think it’s affecting us (the players) too much.

“We are just there to play football, that’s what everyone wants.

“You see the stories about Bury and Bolton and people will start worrying for the club but we’ve been assured by the owner that everything is going to be alright.

“He said there shouldn’t be any issues.

“Whatever happens off the field it’s not for us to deal with.

"It’s business as usual for us. That’s the way all the lads are.

“I’m sure things will sort themselves out.”

Latics suffered a 3-0 defeat at Crawley on Saturday, but, ahead of Saturday’s visit of high flying Swindon Town, McCann insists results are no reflection on events off the pitch at Boundary Park.

“Last week we won 5-0 so I wouldn’t say it’s a factor,” he said, adding that manager Dino Maamria was doing his bit to keep the players’ minds on the job.

“The gaffer tries to protect us as much as he can.

“He wears his heart on his sleeve. He just loves the game and likes to work hard.

“That’s what he is trying to instil in the club right now.”