Paul Scholes gets first manager job at 4th-tier club Oldham

Carrie Guzman
February 13, 2019

"I want my team to be aggressive and focused on winning first and foremost".

You can listen to Paul Scholes' first interview as a football manager here.

"There's obviously been three or four times over the last six years where (managing Oldham) could have happened and I've not been quite ready", Scholes said.

It is believed the only restriction to the 44-year-old taking over as manager of Oldham is he will not be allowed to sign players from, or sell to, Salford City.

Scholes was confirmed Latics manager on Monday.

Scholes, one of a number of prominent former Manchester United players to own a stake of the Greater Manchester club, had to await clearance from the English Football League before Oldham could ratify the appointment.

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Scholes said he wanted to entertain Oldham's fans with an entertaining brand of football.

The Latics are now 14th in English football's third tier, but they will be targeting a strong end to the 2018-19 campaign ahead of a possible promotion bid next season.

He added: "That is part of the thing that bugged me a little bit. I'm like every other manager I want to try and change that and I hope I can do it".

"Obviously Zak's come in, he scored his first goal on Saturday and he made a big difference in the game". I've prepared for Yeovil, I've seen them a few times.

EFL rules prevent a person holding roles with two clubs at the same time but it was ruled that Scholes' 10% holding was "purely for investment purposes".

After retiring, he joined forces again with ex-team mates Nicky Butt, Gary and Phil Neville and business man Peter Lim to buy Salford City Football Club and it was here he got his first experience of management when he became joint caretaker boss with Phil Neville, in 2015.

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