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

Paul Scholes is expected to be named manager of Sky Bet League Two side Oldham

Paul Scholes is expected to be named manager of Sky Bet League Two side Oldham

Scholes, who signed an 18-month contract, takes charge of an Oldham side placed 14th in League Two, nine points adrift of the play-offs, and a seemingly comfortable 14 points above the relegation spots.

"I'm close to Nicky (Butt, United's head of academy) and the people at United, if they can help me I'm sure they will".

"I want my team to be aggressive and focused on winning first and foremost", he said.

Scholes has also previously acknowledged that, having worked as a pundit and been outspoken in some of his opinions, he is open to criticism if things do not go to plan for him as a boss. He made a big difference in the game so I was really pleased with him as a young player.

Scholes' first match in charge will see his new side host Yeovil Town on February 12 as they look to bridge the nine-point gap to thos now in the League Two play-off places.

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The 44-year-old had been reported as the new manager of the club over the weekend but has now been confirmed.

Oldham owner, Abdallah Lemsagam, said: 'Paul has won everything there is to win in football.

The law guiding the league says anyone with conflict of interest will not be allowed to take any role, and since the former midfielder keeps ten percent of shares at Salford, it became hard.

'He is a man who will bring a lot of footballing knowledge and his hunger to succeed in management will be there for everyone to see. "There's obviously been three or four times over the last five or six years when it could have happened, but I've not been quite ready, but now I feel, I hope, now is the time and hopefully we can be successful together". However, following a meeting of the English Football League, the move has been given the go-ahead.

"It is great that Paul is back in football and everyone at the club wishes him all the best in his new venture into football management".

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