LATICS’ former commercial boss has joined fellow League Two club Barrow.

Jamie Stoddart, up until recently the business development manager at Boundary Park, is now the commercial manager of the Bluebirds ahead of their second season in the EFL.

“I’m the happiest man in football right now,” he told Barrow’s website.

“From the first conversations I had it was apparent that, not only is Barrow AFC the perfect fit for me, but more importantly, the people are.

“We are very much on the same page in terms of how we see the successful operation of a commercial department and ultimately, a football club, and the club I’ve walked into is one that has been so welcoming and is very much on the front foot.

“I’m excited to get out into the community and meet our valued, long-term partners and I will be actively looking to bring new ones into the club as well.

“I’m always reluctant to use the word ‘journey’ or ‘project,’ but something’s happening here, and the second you set foot inside The Progression Solicitors Stadium, you can feel it.”

Stoddart worked as a PE teacher and production planner in glass manufacture before moving into the commercial world as brand and marketing manager of Sports 360, a leading sports advertising agency.

No official reason was given for his Oldham departure but it came not long after a series of sponsors withdrew their support for the club.

Among them were Oldham Vending Services, who demanded their branding be removed from the front of Latics’ shirts at the end of March.

The episode also saw long-time director Barry Owen resign his position.

Stoddart had told The Oldham Times in February that Latics were exploring the possibility of a naming rights deal for Boundary Park along with other major sponsorship initiatives.