Paul Dickov insists there will be no hard feelings on his part when he returns to Oldham as a manager for the first time tomorrow.
The Scot left the Latics in February last year after guiding them to a famous FA Cup win over Liverpool.
This weekend Dickov hopes to guide Doncaster into the third round of the same competition at the expense of his former club, who he says he will always be grateful to for handing him his first job in management.
“I came to a decision that I’d probably taken the club as far as I could,” said Dickov, reflecting on his Oldham tenure.
“I’d been there two and a half years and I’ll be forever grateful to them for giving me my first chance in management.
“It was a tough job, but it was good job for me as well.
“There were certain things going on that I wasn’t happy with and I decided it was the right time to get out, but I’ve got no hard feelings towards anyone at that club.
“I still speak to the chairman there, Simon Corney, and I’m good friends with him. When I sat down with him and decided it was time to go, it was done on good terms.”
Asked whether he was expecting a good reception from Oldham fans, Dickov said: “Who knows? I would like to think so.
“I thought I did a reasonable job there considering the circumstances I was working under. I always had a good relationship with the fans there. They’re a good set of fans.
“They’re a patient bunch. They stick by the team. There’s definitely no hard feelings from me towards them and I don’t think there will be the other way round either.”