Who will replace Paul Scholes at Oldham Athletic?

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 15 March 2019, 09:16

Oldham Athletic are on the hunt for their fifth manager since the summer following the shock departure of Paul Scholes on Thursday.

The boyhood Oldham fan arrived at Boundary Park in February amid much fanfare. Frankie Bunn, who lasted 30 games, had been ditched just after Christmas following a 6-0 thrashing at Carlisle, with caretaker Pete Wild keeping the seat warm until Scholes arrived on the scene last month.

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31 days later Scholes’ first, and now potentially last, venture into management came to an end after he resigned from his post: he oversaw only seven games (W1 D3 L3).

In a statement the Manchester United legend said:

"It is with great regret that I have decided to leave the club with immediate effect.

"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."

So, who will replace Scholes for Oldham’s final nine games of the season.

Pete Wild

The Magic of the FA Cup was alive and kicking in January when Pete Wild prepared to make the trip to Premier League side Fulham to cheer on Oldham in the third round.

Instead, he found himself in the Latics dugout and subsequently oversaw a stunning 2-1 win.

In total Wild won four of his eight games in caretaker charge, before making way for Scholes. He’s now the 4/1 favourite for the job.

Mick Priest

Mick Priest was thrust into the spotlight yesterday as Oldham’s assistant manager was forced to take the press conference for the upcoming Tranmere Rovers game.

30 minutes later news broke that Scholes had fled. He can currently be backed at 4/1 to become the full-time boss.

Peter Clarke

Club captain Peter Clarke finds himself in the mix at 6/1.

There are murmurings that the 37-year-old could be placed in charge of the club for this weekend’s fixture at home to Tranmere Rovers.

Jacques Santini

A strange name in the frame at 12/1.

The former France and Lyon manager is best known over on these shores for his infamous 13 game spell in charge of Tottenham back in 2004. He’s since managed just once, Auxerre, which came to an end 13 years ago.

Not quite sure what to make of this one but the Frenchman reportedly cropped up at a few Oldham games earlier in the season.

Paul Hurst

Paul Hurst has been thrown into the mix for just about every League One and Two vacancy since his miserable 15 game spell at Ipswich came to an end in October.

This time last season he was attempting to lead Shrewsbury into the Championship, but now he’s managerless, but at 12/1 he could be worth a small punt to now return to the dugout with Oldham.

John Sheridan

Surely not?

John Sheridan has managed Oldham on no fewer than FIVE occasions - including caretaker spells - most recently in 2017.

He’s only just bagged the Chesterfield job so a move appears unlikely at the time of writing, but don’t rule out a summer switch.

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