Paul Scholes expects Jose Mourinho criticism after becoming Oldham manager

Silvia Morton
February 12, 2019

"It wasn't something I was quite ready to do and there's obviously been three or four times over the last six years where it could have happened and I've not been quite ready". "There have been times in the past when it's been an option for me but it never felt right", he said.

"It's been 20-30 years since there has been excitement at the club".

Oldham sacked Frankie Bunn in December and academy coach Pete Wild was put in temporary charge of the team.

Scholes' first match as a manager will be at home against Yeovil at Boundary Park on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT).

"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".

Scholes, who owns a stake in non-league Salford, will step down from his role as director of the National League club, who could be in competition with Oldham next season if they win promotion from the fifth tier.

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"From the start we have always said that each of the Class of 92 would offer different levels of commitment dependant on their individual roles".

"It's fantastic to have Scholesy back in the game because he was a fantastic player to play with, great personality".

It will be interesting to see how the former Man Utd midfielder fares in the dugout, and many in the football sphere will no doubt take a keen interest on his first foray as a manager.

His brother Phil Neville is the England women's team manager, having previously worked as a coach at Valencia.

Scholes is the latest player from Alex Ferguson's United sides to move into management, following in the footsteps of ex-colleagues like Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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