Oldham Athletic have confirmed the appointment of former Manchester United and England player Paul Scholes as their new manager.
He takes over from Pete Wild who was a caretaker after Frankie Bunn was sacked, leaving fans furious with the owner.
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— Oldham Athletic AFC (@OfficialOAFC) 11 February 2019
It comes after he received clearance from the English Football League, that it would not be a conflict with his role as a Salford owner, although he has now resigned from a director of the National League side.
Their statement read: “Salford City Football Club is delighted that Paul Scholes has accepted the role of Football Manager at Oldham Athletic AFC.
“Although Paul was never operational in Salford City he will resign as a director of the football club, allowing him to focus completely on his new role at Oldham.
“From the start we have always said that each of the Class of ’92 would offer different levels of commitment dependant on their individual roles. Salford City is a long term interest for the Co92 and Paul will retain his 10% shareholding in the Club.
“It is great that Paul is back in football and everyone at the club wishes him all the best in his new venture into football management!”
Paul will resign as a director of Salford City, but will retain his 10% shareholding.
— Salford City FC (@SalfordCityFC) February 11, 2019
Scholes is said to have wanted the job last season before it was given to Ritchie Wellens.
Owner Abdallah Lemsagam said: “Paul has won everything there is to win in football.
“He is a man who will bring a lot of footballing knowledge and his hunger to succeed in management will be there for everyone to see.
“It’s no secret how much he has wanted this job in the past and how much he loves this club, so I’m very happy to bring him into our family at Oldham Athletic.
“Paul will have my backing 100% and hopefully we can work together to bring success back to this club.”
According to Sky Sports News, the only restriction to the 44-year-old taking over as manager of Oldham is he will not be allowed to sign players from, or sell to, Salford City.
Football fans have since given their reaction to the appointment, one well known Manchester United fan even claimed they better start supporting Oldham now – take a look at what else they had to say on the next page.
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