SWINDON Town's League Two rivals next season Oldham have sacked manager Richie Wellens following their relegation to the bottom tier.

Wellens, 38, had been in charge for just eight months after succeeding John Sheridan in October, but after initial success he failed to keep the Latics in League One.

"Oldham Athletic can confirm that the contract of manager Richie Wellens has been terminated with immediate effect," read a statement on the club's offical website.

Former Blackpool, Doncaster and Leicester midfielder Wellens initially took charge on a caretaker basis after Sheridan's departure in September last year.

The club's statement added: "We would like to thank Richie for all his efforts. While he was unable to guide us to League One safety after being appointed in October, it certainly wasn't due to a lack of professionalism and dedication on his part and we wish him every success for the future.

"The club will look to appoint a new manager as soon as possible and will be making no further comment at this time."

Wellens led the Latics on a five-game unbeaten run after taking over as caretaker boss, but after drawing eight of their last nine league games last season, relegation was confirmed after they were held 2-2 at Northampton on the final day.