Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Paul Scholes leaves Oldham Athletic after just over a month in charge

Paul Scholes leaves Oldham Athletic after just over a month in charge

It brings to an end his 31-day tenure at the helm of the club he supported as a boy alongside his father before his career as a footballer took off.

Speaking on The Debate, former Arsenal defender Nigel Winterburn slammed Scholes' decision to leave via text and said he hoped that there was more to it. "The fans, players, my friends and family all knew how proud and excited I was to take this role", he added.

That came in his first game - a 4-1 thumping of Yeovil Town, but in a statement released today, Scholes said he could not operate how he was led to believe, prior to taking the role.

He arrived with the club in 14th place in League Two and that is the position they now occupy.

When Scholes joined the club, owner Abdallah Lemsagam insisted he was ecstatic with the appointment, telling the club's website: "Paul has won everything there is to win in football".

Oldham are yet to confirm his departure from Boundary Park and are due to visit Exeter City in the Grecians final game of the 2018/19 season.

But the 44-year-old has now had a taste of how hard management can be first-hand and fans joked on social media he may be forced to eat some humble pie after quitting his job this week.

Where Scholes goes from here in unclear, but it is likely he will return to his role as a pundit on BT Sport for the time being.

"We would like to place on record our thanks to Paul for his efforts during his spell in charge of the club and would like to wish him well for the future".

Whether the former England global decides to continue in management or return to punditry remains to be seen.

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