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Former Liverpool and Oldham Athletic player dies

Wayne Harrison, who retired in 1991 due to a series of injuries

Former Liverpool and Oldham Athletic footballer Wayne Harrison has died, following pancreatic problems.

46-year-old Harrison was described by Liverpool as the world's most expensive teenager when the striker signed from Oldham Athletic for £250,000 in 1985.

A Liverpool FC spokesman said Harrison, who was from Stockport, died in hospital on Christmas Day.

Liverpool will pay tribute to Harrison at a home game.


Lee Johnson named as new Oldham manager

Relegation-threatened Oldham have announced the appointment of rookie manager Lee Johnson as their new boss.

Johnson fought off competition from 120 applicants to land the role after impressing chairman Simon Corney.

Lee Johnson Credit: Press Association

He takes over from Paul Dickov, who departed last month, and inherits a side who currently lie 21st in the npower League One table. He will be in the dugout for Tuesday night's crucial game against fellow strugglers Hartlepool.

The 31-year-old, the son of Yeovil boss Gary Johnson, becomes the youngest manager in the Football League, with the Boundary Park job his first managerial role after a playing career with Yeovil, Bristol City and Kilmarnock.


Anichebe worry for Everton

Everton striker Victor Anichebe remains an injury doubt Credit: PA Wire

Everton striker Victor Anichebe remains an injury doubt ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup fifth-round replay against Oldham at Goodison Park.

Anichebe had to come off at half time in the original tie - a 2-2 draw on February 16 - having picked up a knock.

He missed Saturday's 2-1 Barclays Premier League defeat at Norwich.

Toffees manager David Moyes says "a couple of injuries" were sustained by his players in the Canaries match that will need to be assessed, while defender Tony Hibbert is still recovering from calf surgery.

Philliskirk waiting on trio

Oldham caretaker manager Tony Philliskirk will assess the fitness of James Tarkowski, James Wesolowski and Carl Winchester ahead of the FA Cup fifth-round replay against Everton.

Centre-back Tarkowski was substituted as a precaution due to a tight hamstring during the closing stages of Saturday's 1-0 npower League One win over Portsmouth and was due to return to training today alongside midfield duo Wesolowski (hamstring) and Winchester (ankle).

Left-sided midfielders Cristian Montano (thigh) and Youssouf M'Changama (knee) remain on the sidelines, while playmaker Jose Baxter is set to return to Goodison Park in opposition for the first time.

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