Tuesday 15 October 2019

Scholes quits as Oldham boss after just 31 days in charge

Paul Scholes has quit his role as Oldham manager. Photo: Barrington Coombs/PA
Paul Scholes has quit his role as Oldham manager. Photo: Barrington Coombs/PA

James Ducker

Paul Scholes has quit as manager of Oldham Athletic after just 31 days in the job. The former Manchester United and England midfielder was appointed on an 18-month contract last month in what marked his first foray into management.

But he is understood to have tired quickly of interference from Oldham's controversial Moroccan owner, Abdallah Lemsagam, and informed the club's board yesterday of his decision. Scholes, 44, won just one of his seven games in charge and leaves Oldham 14th in League Two.

"It is with great regret that I have decided to leave the club with immediate effect," Scholes said in a statement. "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.

"In the short period since I took on the role 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.

"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."

Scholes had warned when he took the job that he would not tolerate interference in first-team matters.

In a statement, Oldham said: "Paul Scholes has resigned with immediate effect. We would like to place on record our thanks to Paul for his efforts and would like to wish him well for the future. An update on the permanent replacement will be made as soon as possible."

Lemsagam bought Oldham from Simon Corney in January of last year and Scholes was his third permanent manager in just 15 months.

Richie Wellens was sacked last June and his replacement, Frankie Bunn, lasted six months before being dismissed at Christmas. Scholes took over on February 11 from caretaker manager Pete Wild.

Last summer, ex-Oldham striker Craig Davies slammed Lemsagam. "I've never worked for someone that thinks it's acceptable to treat his staff and players in such a bad way," he said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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