Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Scholes expecting Mourinho criticism after taking Oldham job

Scholes expecting Mourinho criticism after taking Oldham job

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has been appointed manager of League Two side Oldham Athletic on a one-and-a-half year contract.

Scholes was cleared to take the role after the EFL held a board meeting to ascertain whether there would be a conflict of interest as he owns a 10 per cent stake in National League club Salford.

The 44-year-old retired from playing in 2013 having spent his entire career at Old Trafford, and he initially moved into punditry.

Paul Scholes expects his first attempt at management with Oldham to be scrutinised by Jose Mourinho - although probably not in person. "Whether he will be watching the games I am not too sure".

The former Premier League club are languishing in mid-table in League Two, the fourth tier of the English game.

He said: "If I go into coaching or management and results are not good, I have left myself open to a bit of stick but I am big enough to take it". I don't think we will get many pundits watching - [although] if we are losing games I am sure people will be popping up - can say what they want.

"I've left myself wide open because I have been quite critical".

"They can say what they want, I have never really understood why players and managers take notice of what pundits say anyway".

"There was talk when I finished my career, but it wasn't something I was quite ready to do".

Scholes, a member of Manchester United's famed "Class of '92" alongside David Beckham and Ryan Giggs, said he wanted to entertain Oldham's fans. "He'll want me to do well and if I need any help from him, I'll be ringing him, of course I will".

"Paul has won everything there is to win in football", Oldham owner Abdallah Lemsagam said in a statement.

Gary Neville has also tried his hand at coaching, but a saw a brief spell at La Liga side Valencia last just under four months.

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