Paul Scholes explains why he had to leave role as Oldham manager

Paul Scholes working as a pundit for BT Sport.

When the news broke that Paul Scholes was to be named as Oldham Athletic’s latest manager, Manchester United fans watched on with excitement.

We were all eager to see how the Ginger Prince would fare with a clipboard in hand, after such a glittering career on the other side of those hallowed white lines.

After winning his first Latics match convincingly, many thought it could well be the start of something special. However, Scholes would draw three and win three from the next six. Now, he has left his post…

That’s according to the BBC, who have a direct quote from the man himself, with Scholes claiming that he was misled.

“It, unfortunately, became clear that I would not be able to operate as I intended and was led to believe prior to taking on the role,” Scholes said per the BBC.

“I hoped to at the very least, see out my initial term of 18 months as the manager of a club I’ve supported all my life,”

“The fans, players, my friends and family all knew how proud and excited I was to take this role.

“I wish the fans, the players and the staff – who have been tremendous – all the best for the rest of the season and will continue to watch and support the club as a fan.”

This is just sad to see. After jumping through hoops to land the role due to his Salford City connections, it seems as though Scholes was given promises that haven’t been kept.

As he says, Latics were his first love and it must be immensely disappointing for him that it hasn’t worked out. Obviously, his support for Oldham will never waver and he’ll continue to watch on – but it must hurt him knowing that he had the opportunity to help them out in a different way.

Obviously, this means that for now, Scholes’ full attention will be back on working with Salford City, but it’ll be interesting to see whether he chooses to delve back into management in the future. Right now, I have my doubts.


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