Sheffield Wednesday’s goalkeeping coach Andy Rhodes yesterday left Hillsborough to take up the position of assistant manager at League Two side Oldham Athletic.
Making the step up to assistant gaffer, Rhodes will be working alongside newly appointed Frankie Bunn – a man he played alongside during the Latics’ better days back in the early 1990’s.
Owls goalkeeper coach Andy Rhodes has departed Hillsborough to take up the assistant manager role at League Two side @OfficialOAFC
— Sheffield Wednesday (@swfc) June 18, 2018
He’s been with us since January 2010 and has more than done his job when you consider some of the stoppers we’ve had at the club in the years since – not least the current crop of Keiran Westwood, Joe Wildsmith and Cameron Dawson.
Speaking to the Official Site as he announced his departure, Rhodes admitted that he was leaving with a ‘heavy heart’ but he knew it was the right move in terms of a career progression for him and it will provide him with a significantly different challenge.
“I wish Wednesday all the very best in the future and hope they achieve the promotion back to the Premier League that they deserve.”
When I saw the headline my initial thought was a potential transfer for Jordan Rhodes and looking at social media I clearly wasn’t the only one to think that.
As long as we can pay him £300 per week, not a problem! #oafc
— Liam Standring (@StandringLiam) June 18, 2018
— Joseph (@JosephO__) June 18, 2018
Given his years at the club, many Wednesday fans feel he’ll be a big loss for us and they wish him all the best for the future.
That's a shame hope it goes well at Oldham
— Donald McCrorie (@grandetoro1949) June 18, 2018
Massive loss. Good luck to him
— Dec. (@_DS1995_) June 18, 2018
Everyone speaks so highly of him at S6…keepers past & present. Good luck ????????????????
— Andrew Mosby (@AndyMosby86) June 18, 2018
All the best at Oldham Andy, sorry to see you go!
— Jill ???????? (@RlJill) June 18, 2018
Good luck for the future.
You will be missed at Hillsborough ????????
— Helen Wilce (@hwilce) June 18, 2018
Happy he’ll get a chance to progress his career, but he’ll be sorely missed. Thank you for all your years of great service, Andy, and for the great standard of goalkeepers we’ve had here not least massively thanks to you.
— Peter A. Løhmann (@ploehmann) June 18, 2018
Massive loss for us, he was great with the keepers and the kids watching the warm ups. All the best Andy ????⚪️????⚪️
— ben czajka (@bennyc06) June 18, 2018
Gutted. Think we will really miss him
— Chris Ashley ???????? (@chrisashley121) June 18, 2018
He's the wrong side of 60. His knees are shot, but he's still had a bigger impact at #swfc than his son. Good luck for the future Mr Rhodes.
— Ryan Marsh (@royboybaby) June 18, 2018
There were also plenty of alls for Kevin Pressman to get the gig as his replacement.