Paul Scholes had his managerial interest piqued by Oldham and has not ruled out applying for more jobs in the future.
The boyhood Latics fan was interviewed for the position but missed out to caretaker boss Richie Wellens after he masterminded four wins from four matches.
Scholes told Press Association Sport: “I had a good chat with Mark (Moisley), the chief executive, and Simon Corney the owner. Talks went very well.
“I’m sure they interviewed quite a few people. It was something I was very interested in but Rick Wellens had done so well, they couldn’t ignore that.
“He’s brought a really good style of football, something Oldham fans haven’t been used to for quite a while. I lost out but hopefully Rick will take them on and he can be successful.”
Since ending his playing career in May 2013, Scholes has helped out Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs in coaching positions at Manchester United before focusing on media work.
He said: “I’ve done my coaching badges so why do those if you’re not going to be a coach? They’re quite hard to do.
“I always said if something interested me in the future then I’d look at it. There’s been a couple of things that interested me and this Oldham one was the best one that really did get me interested in wanting to be a manager, it got me thinking about it quite a lot.
“It’s not happened this time so we’ll just see what happens in the future. There’s other clubs about.”
Scholes is also the co-owner of Salford City along with his former United team-mates Gary and Phil Neville, Giggs and Butt.
But, speaking at an event to mark the renaming of Salford’s ground as the Peninsula Stadium, he was quick to reassure joint managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley that he is happy behind the scenes.
“We’ve got two very good managers at the moment, they’ve got a very good team, so I’m happy enough for now,” he added.