Oldham appoint Paul Scholes as new manager

Oldham Athletic have appointed former Manchester United player Paul Scholes as their new manager. The League Two side have signed an initial 18-month contract with Scholes.

The club called a press conference on Monday and announced the news, with the appointment taking immediate effect. Mick Priest, former coach of Oldham, will be Scholes’ assistant.

Scholes has been linked with the job for some time, but there was a potential conflict of interest that blocked progress. Scholes owns a 10% stake of Salford City, who are currently in the National League, but could get promoted the League Two.

Paul Scholes

Scholes takes over after the previous manager was sacked in December 2018.

This issue was cleared at an EFL board meeting last week, however, Scholes will be restricted from signing players from – or selling players to – Salford City.

Speaking about the appointment, Abdallah Lemsagam, owner of Oldham Athletic, said:

Paul has won everything there is to win in football… 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. 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. Paul will have my backing 100 per cent and hopefully we can work together to bring success back to this club.Abdallah Lemsagam, Owner Oldham Athletic

Scholes takes over from Peter Wild, the head coach of Oldham’s academy, after former manager Frankie Bunn was sacked in December.

As a player, the former Manchester United midfielder has seen and won it all, but his experience on the touchline is limited. Scholes assisted Nicky Butt with the Manchester United under-19 team for some of the 2013-14 season, before officially joining the coaching staff for the first team alongside Ryan Giggs, in the 2014-15 season.

Oldham are currently in 14th place in the League Two table.

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