Introducing

Introducing: Paul Scholes as Oldham manager

Introducing: Paul Scholes as Oldham manager

Oldham Athletic currently find themselves in a rather messy situation.

The League Two outfit have been without a manager since dismissing Freddie Bunn by email following their Boxing Day defeat to Carlisle United, per The Daily Mail.

The Latics appear to have turned things around at Boundary Park recently, with a number of impressive results including a victory over Fulham in the FA Cup.

However, they were sent back to reality at the weekend as the mid-table side were handed a defeat by Sol Campbell’s Macclesfield Town – who are struggling near the foot of the table.

A number of names are thought to have been linked with the vacant role at Oldham and one name certainly makes for interesting reading.

There is no doubt Paul Scholes was a great footballer during his time at Manchester United.

The legend has been argued to be one of the best midfielder’s of his time on numerous occasions and his name is rarely left out of the discussion.

However, as many can a test too, being a great footballer does not necessarily mean they will be a great coach – look at friend and former team-mate Gary Neville and his time at Valencia.

The 44-year-old has very limited experience in management and coaching, having helped out briefly at Manchester United when Ryan Giggs took over on an interim basis.


Admittedly, a former player has to start somewhere when they take their first step into management and the League Two side could be perfect for the current TV pundit.

A boyhood fan of the club, Scholes could be exactly what The Latics need to start finding some consistent form and helping them to start to climb the Football League ladder once again.

Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard have both been largely successful with Derby County and Rangers this season, so there is no real reason to suggest that Scholes could not replicate some form of success if he were to head to Boundary Park.

Oldham fans – thoughts?

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