Paul Scholes feels now is the right time to take the Oldham job after turning it down on ‘three or four’ previous occasions.
Scholes revealed he had thought long and hard about embarking on a managerial career and was delighted to get started.
“I couldn’t be any happier at the minute,” he told Oldham’s official website. “It’s been a while. Obviously there’s been talk of it when I finished my (playing) career.
“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.
“But now I feel, I hope, the time is right to give it a go and hopefully we can be successful together.”
Scholes said he wanted to entertain Oldham’s fans with an entertaining brand of football.
“I want my team to be aggressive and focused on winning first and foremost,” he said. “I know it’s not going to happen every week, but I go into every game expecting to win.
“I go into every game expecting my team to entertain, I want to be entertained on the side and plenty of fans want to be entertained and I’ll be thinking about scoring goals.”
Scholes will take charge of his first match against Yeovil at Boundary Park on Tuesday.
“I’ve prepared for Yeovil, I’ve seen them a few times,” he added. “It’s a funny league. Any team can beat anybody, we know that and Yeovil are on quite a bad run, while we had a great win on Saturday, so there’s not much to change.”
Scholes, who has the UEFA A coaching badge, believes Oldham’s squad is good enough to soon be challenging for promotion.
“Maybe that is a little bit out of reach for this year, but certainly for next season,” he told a press conference.
“I have a lot of passion for this town, obviously I live in the area, 15 minutes away, and I know it’s been 20 or 30 years since there’s been excitement at the club really.
“It’s always been a club fighting relegation as much as other managers have tried to lift it, it’s been difficult and I’m like every manager who’s been here in that time, I want to try and change it.”