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Narrow defeat spells end of Pete’s unlikely FA Cup journey

Oldham Athletic caretaker manager and Leeds Beckett student Pete Wild saw his side’s fairytale FA Cup run come to an end at Doncaster Rovers on Saturday 26 January.

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The MSc Sport Coaching student was in the dugout as the League Two side were narrowly defeated 2-1 in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

In the previous round, Pete masterminded one of the shocks of the season, beating Premier League side Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage.

The win was all the more impressive given that it was one of Pete’s first games in senior football management, after being promoted from his job working in Oldham’s academy in late December.

Pete is currently in the second year of his three-year, part-time course at Leeds Beckett, after it was recommended to him by Leeds Beckett graduate and former Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom.

Balancing his role with his studies, he has already started to apply some of the techniques he has learned at the university in his working life.

He said: “I was able to implement the mental model techniques that I’ve learned about at Leeds Beckett when I was working in Oldham’s academy.

“I’ve been in charge of the first team for a month, and in that time, we’ve started to implement those in the first team environment as well, which has been great.”

Head of Subject and MSc Sport Coaching course tutor, Dr Andy Abraham, said: "Coaches who choose to study with us on the MSc do so as they are investing in their future.

"It is always pleasing to hear stories from coaches such as Pete of how their hard work and learning is bearing fruit."

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