IT should have been Paul Dickov's champagne moment, the highlight of is managerial career, but the Oldham Athletic manager's reward for knocking Liverpool out of the FA Cup is likely to be the sack today.
In a season of incredulous managerial dismissals, Dickov is set to become the most bizarre and ill-timed when he meets chairman Simon Corney at Boundary Park this morning in the haze of the club's biggest win for 20 years.
Oldham may have beaten Liverpool, a victory masterminded by Dickov and secured by Matt Smith's two goals and a second-half header from Reece Wabara, yet woeful league form – one point from a possible 24 – has left the club staring at relegation to League Two and Corney left his manager hanging by a thread when asked about his future following this result.
"It's very awkward," Corney said. "We will have to chat about it tomorrow. There will be fans who say, how can you get rid of him after this? Just like there were fans last week saying, how can you keep him?
"Days like this are great, but the biggest thing is staying in this division. Paul is the first to say he is under pressure. He knows that, I know that, the fans know that."
Oldham capped a weekend of FA Cup shocks in which Leeds United dumped out Tottenham at Elland Road yesterday and Rafael Benitez was once again booed by the Chelsea supporters after being held 2-2 by League One Brentford.