Paul Scholes expecting scrutiny by Jose Mourinho after taking Oldham reins

Tanya Simon
February 12, 2019

Oldham, 14th in League Two, were made to wait before confirming the appointment due to Scholes' involvement as part-owner of National League club Salford.

The 44-year-old Scholes is starting out in the fourth - and lowest - tier of professional football in England after taking charge of hometown team Oldham on Monday on a 1½-year contract.

Reports also revealed that his chances of been appointed the manager of the club was threatened by his affiliation with another lower league side Salford City.

One of whom could be a certain Jose Mourinho, who Scholes - then working as a TV pundit - frequently criticised during the former's time in charge of the Red Devils, which came to an end in December.

He said: "If I go into coaching or management and results are not good, I have left myself open to a bit of stick but I am big enough to take it".

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. I wanted to get into it (management) anyway but I have left myself wide open.

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"I don't think we will get many pundits watching - (although) if we are losing games I am sure people will be popping up - can say what they want".

"They can say what they want".

"They're just giving an opinion on the game and get paid for doing so".

"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". "The only person I answer to is the owner".

Oldham owner Abdallah Lemsagam said: "Paul has won everything there is to win in football".

Scholes' first match in charge will see his new side host Yeovil Town on February 12 as they look to bridge the nine-point gap to thos now in the League Two play-off places.

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