KEITH Curle has once again insisted his focus can only be on football amid mounting unrest at Latics.

The Oldham boss is looking to kickstart a campaign that sees his side second from bottom of League Two ahead of Barrow visiting Boundary Park today.

With fans having already protested this season, and more formal demonstrations being planned by fans’ group Push The Boundary, Curle maintains his part in bringing any harmony to the club comes down to results.

“I understand the situation at the football club, I inherited a similar one at Carlisle,” he said, speaking before PTB’s announcement.

“My job is to get the focus on the pitch, get an identity from the supporters with the players and that comes from entertaining.

“We’re in the entertainment industry but it’s not all about tricks and flicks but sometimes the appreciation of hard work, doing what needs to be done, showing that aggression and that willingness and desire.

“That leads the focus away from other issues. I’m more than aware of what the situations are but the focus for myself is on the football.”

Fans have staged both on-pitch protests as well as throwing on tennis balls during the Carabao Cup clash with Accrington to delay the game.

Curle added: “I will continue to say it, you can’t throw missiles onto the pitch, whatever they are, you can’t enter the field of play whether that’s before, during or after.

“That’s not Oldham as a football club, that’s the rules set out, and to a large extent it is a criminal offence. You can’t do it.”