Premier League legend Paul Scholes announced as Oldham manager

Paul Scholes is expected to be named manager of Sky Bet League Two side Oldham

Paul Scholes is expected to be named manager of Sky Bet League Two side Oldham

Manchester United's legend Paul Scholes has been appointed Oldham Athletic manager putting an end to a stand off over his involvement with EFL's Salford City.

Scholes has now taken charge at his boyhood club in League Two and despite admitting he has left himself "wide open" to scrutiny, is not daunted by what might be said about him.

The 44-year-old retired from playing in 2013 having spent his entire career at Old Trafford, and he initially moved into punditry.

Salford City confirmed in a statement on Monday that Scholes would resign as a director at the club but will retain his 10 percent shareholding.

"I was a United fan as a young kid but my dad was an Oldham fan so it was a lot easier to go and watch Oldham".

A 3-0 victory at Crawley Town on Saturday was Oldham's first in the league since New Year's Day and they are 14th in the table - nine points off the playoff spots.

"I wanted to come into this with my full coaching badges and I've got them now".

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Scholes has plenty of former colleagues and friends for support and advice and while he may tap into contacts at Manchester United (friend Nicky Butt is head of the academy there) he is keen to find his own way in management.

"The pundits can say what they want, I have never really understood why players and managers take notice of what pundits say anyway". They are giving an opinion and get paid for doing so.

If anyone wants to have a pop at me, I won't take any notice.

"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".

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

Speaking about the appointment, Oldham owner Abdallah Lemsagam told the club's website: "Paul has won everything there is to win in football".

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