Report: Sheffield Wednesday's Andy Rhodes set for shock Oldham Athletic return

A general view of Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium on April 26, 2016 in Sheffield, England. The fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football...

The former Oldham Athletic player has worked for Sheffield Wednesday for the past eight years.

(L-R) Carlos Carvalhal manager of Sheffield Wednesday, Andy Rhodes goalkeeping coach of Sheffield Wednesday and Keiren Westwood of Sheffield Wednesday celebrate after the Sky Bet...

Andy Rhodes is quitting Sheffield Wednesday to become Oldham Athletic's new assistant manager, according to the Sun's Alan Nixon (liveblog entry 12:58).

Rhodes was appointed Owls goalkeeper coach in January 2010, and is extremely well-regarded at Hillsborough.

The 53-year-old counts England youth internationals Cameron Dawson and Joe Wildsmith among those whose careers he has helped to develop in that time, while experienced trio Keiren Westwood, Chris Kirkland and Nicky Weaver have each been forthcoming with their praise of Rhodes - whose son Jordan plays for Wednesday as a striker.

Jordan Rhodes of Sheffield Wednesday heads the ball towards goal as Michael Hector of Hull City attempts to block it during the Sky Bet Championship match between Hull City and Sheffield...

However, the chance to return to Oldham - where he played and coached - and reunite with former teammate Frankie Bunn, the new Latics boss, looks to have proved too tough to turn down.

News of Rhodes' potential departure comes hot off the heels of reports of interest in Sheffield Wednesday trio Fernando Forestieri (Stoke City), Barry Bannan (Middlesbrough and Birmingham City) and Sean Clare (various).

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