Paul Scholes interviewed for vacant Oldham post

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 12 October 2017, 10:04

Over the last few years the world of football has been waiting to see where Ryan Giggs will begin his managerial career. However, the Welshman could be pipped to the post by former Man Utd teammate and fellow novice manager, Paul Scholes, who has emerged as the new favourite for the Oldham job.

On Wednesday news emerged that Scholes had been interviewed for the League One post, which has been vacant since John Sheridan parted ways with the cash-strapped club just over two weeks ago.

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Scholes has been linked with the Latics before, only for nothing to materialise, while he worked with the club’s youth team in order to gain his UEFA A Licence.

Now the 4/5 favourite could now be on the verge of leaping into the managerial arena with the club he’s supported since a boy.

News which will no doubt come as a surprise to caretaker boss and former frontrunner Richie Wellens (6/4) who has won all three games since taking charge of the first-team following Sheridan’s exit.

At the time of writing Oldham are 19th in the third-tier and face Blackburn on Saturday looking to record their fourth win on the spin for the first time since August 2008 (in all competitions).

An eclectic mix of managers have been linked with the struggling Latics, including Clarence Seedorf, Billy Davies, Darren Ferguson, Alan Stubbs, and Pablo Correa, but Oldham could now opt to go down the rookie route with Schloes.

During a glittering playing career Scholes hoisted 11 Premier League titles, three FA Cups, two League Cups, along with a brace of Champions League triumphs.

Scholes originally hung up his boots in 2011, before returning to action six months later for a further season-and-a-half, ending in Premier league success under Sir Alex Ferguson, who then drew the curtains on his managerial career.

The 42-year-old has since been working as a TV pundit, is a co-owner of Salford City, and has coached at Man Utd, although while he may be a high-profile name it’s important to remember that he has zero managerial experience.

Plus, FA rules state that he would not be able to have any involvement with Salford if he was to take the Oldham job.

Over the years a flurry of Scholes’ former Man Utd teammates have made the voyage into management, with varying degrees of success, including the likes of Roy Keane, Gary Neville, Laurent Blanc, Mark Hughes, Teddy Sheringham, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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