THE two prominent Oldham Athletic supporters’ groups have secured a meeting with owner Abdallah Lemsagam.

The Oldham Athletic Supporters’ Foundation, who have a place on the club’s board, and Push The Boundary, have announced they will put their concerns to Lemsagam on Tuesday via Zoom.

He will be joined by board member and solicitor Adam Morallee with one member of each group present. 

It comes after the groups hand-delivered a letter to Boundary Park on Friday, requesting an urgent meeting.

The return of supporters to stadiums this season has seen protests about the running of the club by Lemsagam and his sporting director brother Mo intensify.

Tennis balls were thrown onto the pitch from the Jimmy Frizzell Stand interrupting play in the fifth minute of the Carabao Cup win over Accrington Stanley, that coming after a pitch invasion at the final whistle of Latics’ home defeat to Colchester United, a number of supporters running over to stand in front of the directors' box and chanting "We want Abdallah out".

In a statement announcing the meeting, OASF said: “We see this as a positive first step to reopening direct communications between fans and the highest level of management in the football club and hope that Tuesday’s meeting is the start of a process that will end in the best possible outcomes for the future of our football club.”

PTB added: “Whilst this is the first meeting with the owner in some time, we feel for it to be of any benefit whatsoever, Mr Lemsagam must be willing to partake in an open and honest discussion about his tenure at the club.

“Things cannot continue as they are and urgent change is needed for the good of all supporters, staff and the future stability of the football club.”

Morallee appeared on TalkSport last week, addressing protests and fans who are boycotting games at Boundary Park to make their point to the Lemsagam regime.

"I've spoken to Abdallah and he's devastated at the way things are progressing,” he said.

"No-one wants to see this, it's a nightmare.

"I feel for the supporters, I feel for the club, the town, the employees, the players having to take tennis balls off the pitch. It's terrible. It's a dire situation that has got to change.

"What the supporters are doing at the moment is trying to kill the club. They're trying to kill the club by boycott.

"Why would people boycott home games and deprive the club (of revenue)?"

Morallee also insisted Lemsagam is committed to turning things around.

"Abdallah is in Dubai, he's invested heavily into the club - £5million I think,” he added.

"I'm not here to defend the club's current playing record, the playing record is not good enough, but you have to look back at what Abdallah has had to deal with.

"He's invested millions into the club, he uncovered millions and millions of pounds worth of debts that were not available for inspection on due diligence and he's funded this club through really hard times.

"He's trying to put it into a much better financial footing now, but it takes time.

"There's a five-year plan. There's an actual plan in place."

Having lost their opening four games, Latics are second from bottom of the early League Two table after picking up their first win, and points, of the season in dramatic fashion at Sutton on Saturday.