Oldham chairman claims Scholes resigned by text message

Date published: Friday 15th March 2019 9:34 - Joe Williams

Oldham club chairman Abdullah Lemsagam has claimed that Paul Scholes resigned from his position as manager via text.

The former Manchester United midfielder lasted just 31 days at the League Two club before calling it a day.

Scholes only managed one win during his seven matches in charge with three draws and three defeats completing his results as boss.

And Lemsagam told Sky Sports News that Scholes let him know his decision by text message, he said: “Oldham Athletic are disappointed by Paul’s decision to resign and surprised by the reasons he has given.

“The club gave Paul all the support and autonomy that he asked for.

“He did not raise his concerns at all, informally or formally, prior to his resignation.

“He gave no opportunity to address any issues at all, simply resigning by text and then refusing to discuss matters.

“Management is a difficult job and we would have worked with Paul to find solutions, had we been given the chance.

“We wish him well and thank him for his contribution. We will start the search for a new manager immediately.”

Speaking on Sky Sports, Nigel Winterburn criticised Scholes for the way he is understood to have resigned from the club.

“He wrote the text and wanted to delete it, but he just pressed send,” Winterburn joked.

“I hope he hasn’t sent the message via WhatsApp.

“I hope he’s met someone at the club and told them he’s resigning.

“I think there’s more to come, I don’t think it’ll be finished with one statement.

“Obviously it looks like a miscommunication between Paul and the owner.

“You think maybe they should have got together to try and fix it, but I think it’s brave in your first job to walk away.

“Now, employers are going to look and think ‘well, is he going to walk away again?’.”


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