Paul Scholes lifts lid on disastrous 31-day Oldham reign

Date published: Sunday 14th April 2019 10:49 - Matthew Stead

Paul Scholes has opened up on his disastrous first managerial experience at Oldham.

Scholes was appointed Oldham manager with the club 14th in League Two on February 11.

The former Manchester United midfielder won one, drew three and lost three of his seven games in charge before departing on March 14, with the club still 14th.

Scholes apparently resigned by text amid claims of chairman interference and the club having no running hot water, as well as being unable to provide a team coach to one fixture.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has invited Scholes back for “a chat” at Old Trafford, with the 44-year-old shedding plenty of light on the situation on Saturday.

“I had heard loads of stories about interference and stuff,” he told BT Sport.

“The first three weeks there was little bits. Not so much ‘leave him out, he can’t play, don’t play him, play the player I said’. There was nothing like that in the first three weeks.

“There were subtle hints, yeah of course, but I’m not stupid enough to not realise what they are trying to do. In the last week there was a couple of issues with a couple of players. Experienced pros that I felt didn’t deserve to be treated the way the club wanted to treat them.

“I didn’t need the hassle of that. I really like the players, really respected them and would have done anything for them. But once I get told ‘don’t play him’, that’s when it is time for me to go…

“That only happened once, but that was the end of it. There were subtle hints along the way, but that was the end of it.”


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