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Paul Scholes: Oldham Athletic name ex-Man Utd midfielder as manager

12 February, 2019, 16:36 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • Paul Scholes becomes new manager of League 2 side Oldham United

"It's been 20-30 years since there has been excitement at the club".

Scholes has always been linked with the Oldham job and emerged as the frontrunner for the post after the December sacking of Frankie Bunn.

Former United manager Jose Mourinho was among those to be questioned by Scholes on a regular basis prior to his dismissal by the Red Devils in December.

Scholes takes charge of Oldham for the first time tonight when they host struggling Yeovil, a side that have lost their last four games on the spin.

There have been reports of interference in team affairs from club owner Abdallah Lemsagam and his brother Mohamed - the club's sporting director - but Scholes is adamant he will not accept that.

Scholes has now taken charge at his boyhood club in League Two and despite admitting he has left himself "wide open" to scrutiny, is not daunted by what might be said about him.

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"It's no secret how much he has wanted this job in the past and how much he loves this club, so I'm very happy to bring him into our family at Oldham Athletic". However, following a meeting of the English Football League, the move has been given the go-ahead. "Salford City is a long term interest for the Co92 and Paul will retain his 10 percent shareholding in the club", a statement read.

"It's fantastic to have Scholesy back in the game because he was a fantastic player to play with, great personality".

As a pundit the former Manchester United midfielder, who has signed an 18-month contract with Latics, was one of the Portuguese's most damning critics during his spell at Old Trafford.

Scholes subsequently follows in the footsteps of former teammates Ryan Giggs, Phil Neville, Gary Neville, and Roy Keane who have either previously/or-are-currently dabbling in the chaotic world of football management.

The six ex-players are all part owners of Conference Premier side Salford City.

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