OLDHAM Athletic have appointed a new chief executive after the sudden departure of Natalie Atkinson.

Managing director Atkinson left Boundary Park on Wednesday and has been replaced by former Bury CEO Karl Evans.

Atkinson oversaw the day-to-day running of the club during lockdown on behalf of owner Abdallah Lemsagam and departs after 15 months at Boundary Park.

Evans spent just over two years with the Shakers, leaving in April 2019 as their financial crisis deepened.

He had previously spent 25 years at Manchester United in a number of roles and has also done consultancy work with Liverpool and Salford City among others.

Evans told the club website: "I'm delighted to be a part of Oldham Athletic.

“How we conduct ourselves as a club is extremely important and I am committed on making sure as a team we continue to make a positive impact in the town.

"With my consultancy work at a number of different clubs now I have helped them improve in different areas, with this opportunity allowing me to do that once more.

"I will always take into account the fans’ opinions as well as being open and honest.

“I know there's still a lot of work to do, but I am committed to help change things for the better."

On Atkinson’s departure a club statement read: “The club would like to thank Natalie for her efforts whilst at Latics, especially over the last few months during the pandemic, and wishes her well for the future.”