Paul Scholes lifts lid on nightmare tenure as Oldham Athletic boss

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Paul Scholes lifts lid on nightmare tenure as Oldham Athletic boss but reveals the experience hasn’t put him off management and has ‘no regrets’

  • Paul Scholes has spoken out on his one-month spell as Oldham Athletic manager
  • The former midfielder quit after the club’s owner told him who to pick for games
  • The League Two outfit often went without hot water and had transport issues 
  • However, Scholes said he really ‘enjoyed the experience’ and ‘didn’t regret it’

Paul Scholes has spoken out on his short tenure as Oldham Athletic manager that saw him last just one month at the helm of the struggling League Two club.

The Latics were sitting at the bottom of League Two when the Manchester United legend took over in February before overseeing seven games, which he won one, drew three and lost the remaining three games.

While results on the pitch weren’t going his way, it appeared the former midfielder was also battling other issues off it as the club often went without hot water and had no team bus to take him and his players to face Bury.

Paul Scholes has spoken out on his one-month spell as Oldham Athletic manager

Paul Scholes has spoken out on his one-month spell as Oldham Athletic manager

However, the straw that broke the camel’s back was the interference of Oldham owner Abdallah Lemsagam who, at one point, told Scholes who to pick for an upcoming game.

The 44-year-old sensationally left the position immediately before revealing that he couldn’t continue in the position from the point onwards.

On Saturday evening, Scholes revealed his side of the story following Manchester United’s 2-1 win over West Ham at Old Trafford.

Scholes quit after Oldham owner Abdallah Lemsagam told him to pick after games

Scholes quit after Oldham owner Abdallah Lemsagam told him to pick after games

Scholes told BT Sport: ‘I had heard loads of stories about interference and stuff. 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.’

The 44-year-old left after seven games but revealed that he 'really enjoyed the experience'

The 44-year-old left after seven games but revealed that he ‘really enjoyed the experience’ 

While the experience may have been off-putting for some new managers, Scholes reiterated that he ‘really enjoyed the experience’ and ‘didn’t regret’ doing it.

He also praised the Oldham players and insisted he loved working with them.

While he didn’t absolve himself from all the blame, he understood that he could have done things differently.

Scholes also insisted that the possibility of going back into management wasn’t off the cards.

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