HITC Sport understands Oldham have lined up move for former boss to replace sacked Dunn.
Oldham Athletic have targeted a move for former manager John Sheridan to replace David Dunn at Boundary Park, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.
League One strugglers Oldham are searching for a new manager after David Dunn was sacked as boss after just 20 games in charge of the club.
Former Blackburn Rovers star Dunn took charge of Oldham in September on a temporary basis following the sacking of Darren Kelly and was handed the job on a permanent basis a month later.
Despite a bright start as manager, Dunn saw his side win just three of his 20 games in charge and they have failed to win at home since August.
Oldham find themselves in 22nd spot in League One, five points adrift of safety and the club plan to make a quick appointment as they look to climb clear of trouble.
Former Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Sheridan is currently in charge of Newport County after taking charge of the League Two club in October.
Sheridan has helped transform Newport's fortunes since taking over leading the club off the bottom of the table, losing just five of their last 17 games.
The 51-year-old remains popular at Oldham from his playing and managerial career and the club see him as the man to lead them to safety in League One.