Pete Wild is a life long fan of Oldham attending his first game at the age of six, on New Year’s Day 1991. Prior to becoming a football coach, Wild worked various jobs, such as: a tree surgeon, an apprentice car mechanic and working in his parents’ pubs. So don’t be surprised if before the match he is pulling pints or walking around with a chain saw and spanner.
Wild played amateur football before taking up coaching at the age of 18. Wild’s first job in coaching was with Oldham Council working in their sports department. Before he began coaching in Oldham’s academy, Wild worked as a development officer at the Manchester FA. Wild also managed the England Amputee football team between 2012 and 2015.
After working for the club for 10 years, including as their interim academy manager, Wild was appointed as Oldham’s caretaker manager on 27 December 2018 following the sacking of Frankie Bunn. He won his first two games in charge. On 6 January 2019 he led the club to a “famous” FA Cup victory against Premier League club Fulham his third straight win as manager. He was replaced as Oldham manager by Paul Scholes on 11 February 2019.
In March 2019, following the resignation of Scholes, Wild returned as caretaker manager. On 22 March 2019, he was appointed the club’s permanent manager, on a contract until the end of the season. He left the club in May 2019, for “personal reasons”.
On 24 July 2019, Wild was appointed the manager of Halifax. On 26 May 2022, Wild resigned from Halifax to pursue a new opportunity. The following day he was announced as the new manager of League Two club Barrow.
Pete Wild will be returning from a 2 match touch line ban.