Scholes: New Oldham boss expects scrutiny from Mourinho

Rex Christensen
February 13, 2019

The former Manchester United was formerly a coach at Old Trafford but this is his first permanent manager position.

There were concerns that his 10% stake in Salford City, the National League club he co-owns, would prevent him from taking charge of the Latics.

"That's what I'll be trying to do", said former England global Scholes when asked if he will be digging into his contacts book.

After spending his entire career playing for United, and retiring for a second time from playing in 2013, Scholes has spent most of his time as a television commentator and as a part-owner of fifth-tier club Salford.

'I'm close to Nicky [Butt, United's head of academy] and the people at United, if they can help me I'm sure they will'.

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.

"They're just giving an opinion on the game and get paid for doing so".

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"I want my team to be aggressive and focused on winning first and foremost".

There have been reports of interference in team affairs from club owner Abdallah Lemsagam and his brother Mohamed, who is the club's sporting director. I was really pleased with him.

"I know it wasn't what he thought he was going to do when he was a player".

Mourinho once said he hoped Scholes would be "25 per cent as successful as myself" if he ever went into management, though the new Oldham boss is not expecting to see the Portuguese at any League Two matches soon. I've watched them closely: I think they are a good team and have some good players.

The Latics are now 14th in English football's third tier, but they will be targeting a strong end to the 2018-19 campaign ahead of a possible promotion bid next season.

"You need to have contacts when you're down at this level".

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