Striker gets manager in headlock during boozy punch-up

Posted by - March 9, 2009 - League One

Bad boy Lee Hughes could be on his way out of Oldham

Former jailbird footballer Lee Hughes is in trouble again after a drunken fight with Oldham manager John Sheridan. The pair clashed during a club night out to Belle Vue dog track in Manchester last week. The incident ended with Hughes holding Sheridan in a headlock before the scrap was broken up by goalkeeper Mark Crossley.

It was Sheridan who took the gamble to sign Hughes when he was released after serving half of a six-year sentence for causing death by dangerous driving. And Hughes has repaid that faith with vital goals so far this season.

The trouble is said to have started when the Oldham squad and staff hit the bar before opening discussions on their recent slump in form. A fight involving Sean Gregan and winger Chris Taylor allegedly broke out, followed by the clash between Hughes and Sheridan.

Oldham chief executive Alan Hardy said: “I am aware that there were some incidents during the night which are now the subject of a full investigation.

“We are reviewing some CCTV footage and if any member of staff, including players, are found to have acted inappropriately then we will take the strongest possible action. The CCTV does show one or two confrontations, but apart from these incidents it was a very successful night.”