DINO Maamria says a lack of control over recruitment at Boundary Park led to his Latics exit.

The 49-year-old’s 10 months in charge ended abruptly on July 31 with Harry Kewell swiftly appointed as his replacement.

Maamria holds no bitterness after his second stint as an EFL manager came to an end but insists his vision for Oldham and that of owner Abdallah Lemsagam were too far apart.

“I think it comes to a point where the position of a head coach becomes untenable,” Maamria told The Sack Race.

“For one reason or another when the head coach and owner see the club in a different way then something’s got to give in, and that was my position.

“I’ve got to respect the decision as it’s their football club at the end of the day, but I believed that the way I wanted to take the club was the right way to go forward.

“As a head coach, as a manager, I understood that I was not going to be in control of everything, but I did want to have control over certain things. Without control of the dressing room and recruitment then you’re not a manager or head coach yourself.

“The big one for me was recruitment and how I was going to build a strong team for next season. I wanted clarity.

“I made it clear to them that it’s their job to tell me what I can and can’t afford and it’s my job to make sure that I get the best value for money. So I’ll speak to the players that I want to bring in.

“If I’m going to walk into the club and I find that we’ve signed someone that I’ve never met or heard of, that’s going to be a problem.

“I just wanted to make sure that I’ve got some control over recruitment, and that was probably the breaking point for both of us.”

Kewell is Lemsagam’s sixth permanent boss with Pete Wild also having spent two caretaker spells in charge.