Former Manchester United Star and Mourinho’s Critic Paul Scholes Appointed Coach

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Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has been appointed manager of League Two side Oldham Athletic.

As reported by Sky Sports News, Scholes will begin work at Boundary Park on Monday with the club set to unveil him at an official press conference on Monday afternoon.

The move required, required special permission for Scholes, 44, to hold the role given his involvement at National League club Salford City, where he owns a stake along with former team-mates Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham and Nicky Butt as well as Singapore businessman Peter Lim.

According to EFL rules, a person is prohibited from holding roles with two clubs at the same time without the prior consent of the board.

This will only see him restricted from signing players from, or sell to, Salford City.

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Scholes will take over from caretaker boss Pete Wild, who was appointed in December following the dismissal of Frankie Bunn.

The former England international has previously admitted he had grown frustrated by absence from professional football and expressed his desire to challenge himself in management.

In an interview with The Telegraph a few weeks ago he said, “Saturday afternoon is the hardest thing.”

“I can go out and watch games but I’m constantly on my phone looking at results, ‘What score is this? What score is that’.

“You have no real involvement but you’re obsessed with it. I want that feeling back again of working towards something through the week, working towards the end game on a Saturday,” he added.

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“I’ve made no secret that I want to get back into football in some form of coaching. If that’s Oldham I don’t know.

“But I’ve got to a point now where, if something does come up, I don’t want to be sat at home wondering about it.

“It might be a massive failure but I want that sense of feeling again on a Saturday afternoon to have something to achieve. I want to be challenged. I’ve been sat at home for five years not challenged whatsoever.”

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