Paul Scholes Quits After 31 Days As Oldham Boss

Scholes said he quit after it became clear that he would not be able to operate as he intended and was led to believe prior to taking on the role..  Photo: Anthony WALLACE/AFP

 

Former Manchester United star Paul Scholes quit as Oldham manager on Thursday after just 31 days in charge of the English League Two club.

Scholes has walked away from Boundary Park over claims of broken promises from his hometown team.

The 44-year-old took charge at Oldham last month and won his first match, but the ex-England midfielder failed to pick up another victory in his next six games and leaves with the side languishing in 14th place in the fourth tier.

“It is with great regret that I have decided to leave the club with immediate effect,” Scholes said in a statement.

“I hoped to at the very least, see out my initial term of 18 months as the manager of a club I’ve supported all my life. The fans, players, my friends and family all knew how proud and excited I was to take this role.

“In the short period since I took on the role it, unfortunately, became clear that I would not be able to operate as I intended and was led to believe prior to taking on the role.

“I wish the fans, the players and the staff — who have been tremendous — all the best for the rest of the season and will continue to watch and support the club as a fan.”

Scholes, who won Premier League and Champions League titles during a glittering playing career with United, was appointed as Oldham boss on a one-and-a-half-year deal on February 11.

He resigned as a club director at non-league Salford, while retaining his 10 percent stake, before taking the job.

Scholes’ departing statement is at odds with owner Abdallah Lemsagam saying upon his appointment in February that “Paul will have my backing 100 percent”.

In a statement confirming Scholes’ exit, Oldham said: “Oldham Athletic Football Club can confirm that Paul Scholes has resigned from his position as first-team manager with immediate effect.

“We would like to place on record our thanks to Paul for his efforts during his spell in charge of the club and would like to wish him well for the future.”

Scholes made 718 appearances for United, scoring 155 goals in all competitions, and won 66 caps for England.

But his first managerial job has ended in less auspicious circumstances.

Scholes’ Oldham reign is one of the shortest by a manager of an English club, ranking just behind Paul Hart’s 28-day stay with QPR and Micky Adams’ 13 days in charge of Swansea.

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Scholes Makes Winning Start With Oldham

Former England and Manchester United football player Paul Scholes poses during an interview with AFP in Hong Kong. Anthony Wallace / AFP

 

Former Manchester United star Paul Scholes made the perfect start to his managerial career as Oldham thrashed Yeovil 4-1 in their League Two clash on Tuesday.

Scholes is taking his first steps in management after agreeing to coach the club he supported as a boy.

The 44-year-old was officially unveiled on Monday and 24 hours later he was able to celebrate his first victory with the fourth-tier team.

While his old team United were losing to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League a few miles away, former England midfielder Scholes watched from the touchline as Oldham turned in a stylish display.

“It’s a relief and I may get some sleep tonight,” said Scholes, who lives just a few minutes’ drive from Oldham’s stadium.

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“After the game, I said ‘Well done’. It was a tough night and not really a 4-1 game but I was proud with the way they battled.

“I want them to express themselves and enjoy themselves. Fans want entertainment and that’s what we gave them.”

Jose Baxter put the Latics in front during first-half stoppage time and Callum Lang headed the second early in the second half.

Bevis Mugabi pulled a goal back for Yeovil on 54 minutes at Boundary Park.

But Mohamed Maouche put the result beyond doubt on 88 minutes, and there was still time for Christopher Missilou to volley in a fourth as Oldham moved up to 11th place.

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‘I Wouldn’t Be Happy Either’: Scholes Writes Off United

'I Wouldn't Be Happy Either': Scholes Writes Off United
In this photo taken on August 8, 2018, former England and Manchester United football player Paul Scholes attends a promotional event in which he signed as Principal of the 433 Token cryptocurrency initiative in Hong Kong. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

 

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes said the team look unhappy and have little chance of winning this season’s Premier League, warning that Jose Mourinho needs to quickly turn their fortunes around.

Scholes said “I wouldn’t be happy either” playing Mourinho’s pragmatic brand of football, in comments that threaten to reignite his feud with the Portuguese manager.

The former England midfielder pointed to a gulf in class — and playing styles — with Pep Guardiola’s free-flowing Manchester City, who won the title 19 points ahead of their neighbours last season.

United begin their campaign against Leicester City on Friday, after a downbeat pre-season when they lost 4-1 to Liverpool and Mourinho voiced his frustration over a lack of new signings.

“It doesn’t really look like the players enjoy… playing the way they do,” Scholes told AFP in Hong Kong, where he was promoting 433 Token, a blockchain-based system aimed at nurturing young talent.

“If I was there playing… in that style of play, I wouldn’t be happy either,” said Scholes, who won 11 titles and two European cups at United under Alex Ferguson.

“As a manager, you want your team to entertain… That very very rarely happens at United these days.”

The latest salvo from the TV analyst follows a highly publicised run-in with Mourinho last season when the Portuguese thundered: “If Paul one day decides to be a manager, I wish that he can be 25 per cent as successful as myself.”

– ‘Difficult position’ –

Scholes said the former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan boss, whose sour demeanour in recent weeks has triggered speculation over his future, now finds himself in a “difficult position”.

“If his team don’t do well, if they’re not playing well, they’re not entertaining people, not challenging for the league, then he possibly could go, yeah,” Scholes told reporters.

“But he’s got great experience, he’s been at top clubs. He’s been in difficult positions before. He’s in a difficult position now, I think, but he needs to try and find a way out of it.”

He added: “It just doesn’t look like United are in the right place at the minute to challenge for the league.”

Scholes also urged French World Cup-winner Paul Pogba, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona and is said to have a difficult relationship with Mourinho, to stay put.

“What his relationship with Mourinho is like, I don’t know from the outside. The one thing that does surprise me is Barcelona: I don’t see him as a Barcelona player,” said Scholes.

“He’s (got) a different style to them. But Paul’s a really talented player. I want him to stay at United.”

Scholes is not the only one from United’s famous “Class of 92” to have questioned Mourinho’s management. Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville have also been less than enthusiastic in their assessment.

And Scholes said United may have missed a trick in not appointing Giggs, now manager of Wales, when Ferguson retired in 2013, pointing to Barcelona and Real Madrid’s shrewd gambles on Guardiola and Zinedine Zidane.

“We don’t seem to be brave enough in England to do that. I think United had a great chance to do that with Ryan Giggs. They didn’t take it,” he said.

“For some reason, they wanted to go down the safe route. And you’d have to say, was that the right thing to do? You’re five years down the line, not really.

“Okay, they’ve won the Europa League, they’ve won the League Cup (both in 2017). But look, they’re not the trophies United want. They need the big ones.

“So you’d have to say taking a risk with someone like Ryan or somebody else, a young up-and-coming manager would’ve been a safer bet.”

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Sanchez Has To ‘Improve’ Insists United Great Scholes

Wembley Specialist Sanchez Seeks Familiar FA Cup Liftoff At United
Manchester United’s Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez reacts during the football match against Watford at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England, on May 13, 2018. Oli SCARFF / AFP

 

Manchester United great Paul Scholes has warned Alexis Sanchez he must improve following his lacklustre display in Saturday’s FA Cup final defeat by Chelsea, saying his performances “can’t get any worse”.

Former United midfielder Scholes singled out Chile international Sanchez for criticism after a match United lost 1-0 at Wembley, with Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard scoring the only goal of the game from the penalty spot.

United may have finished second in the Premier League table but that still left them a huge 19 points behind champions and local rivals Manchester City.

And Scholes, a key member of Alex Ferguson’s trophy-winning teams at Old Trafford, said the likes of former Arsenal favourite Sanchez had to raise their game if United were to close the gap to City next season.

“His performances, well they have to improve,” Scholes told BT Sport. “They can’t get any worse to be honest with you.

“I think the next few games of next season are vital to him, he needs to get fans believing again and believing they are going to get close to City. They need a big player.

“Paul Pogba does not win you games on his own. Hazard does. Alexis Sanchez doesn’t, he’s shown that since January, they thought he could, but what we’ve seen…

“They need two magical players. I think they’ve got really good players, they haven’t got a Hazard, (Cristiano) Ronaldo, (Lionel) Messi, and I know many teams haven’t, but the difference between the two was the quality in Hazard, we saw that in big games. United don’t have that.”

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Mourinho Backs Pogba After Scholes Taunt

Mourinho Backs Pogba After Scholes Taunt
(Files) Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba leaves the pitch substituted during the match between against Newcastle at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England, on November 18, 2017. Oli SCARFF / AFP

 

Jose Mourinho has defended Paul Pogba after the Manchester United star was branded “disrespectful” by Paul Scholes.

United legend Scholes claimed Pogba’s lacklustre display in Sunday’s shock defeat against lowly West Bromwich Albion showed a lack of respect for Mourinho.

Scholes’ criticism came amid growing speculation that Mourinho is ready to sell Pogba following the France midfielder’s inconsistent form over the last two seasons.

But Pogba produced one of his better performances in United’s 2-0 win over Bournemouth on Wednesday as he set up Romelu Lukaku for the second goal at Dean Court.

Asked to comment on Scholes’ criticism of Pogba, Mourinho said: “I don’t agree. I agree that it wasn’t a good performance at all (against West Brom); with that, I agree.”

Mourinho made seven changes from the West Brom loss as he axed some of his under-performing players and rested others for Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham.

His decision to keep Pogba in the starting line-up raised questions about the chances of the midfielder retaining his place at Wembley.

But Mourinho, who has dropped Pogba several times this season, offered an enthusiastic review of his man of the match display on the south coast.

“Top performance. Top performance. Obviously, the performance against City was special, coming with two goals,” he said.

“But this performance was a very similar level. So top performance. He can do it.”

United’s return to winning ways was not enough to ease Mourinho’s frustrations over Sunday’s woeful loss to West Brom.

That result gifted the title to Manchester City, but Mourinho believes he can catch the champions next season.

“My face is still the face of last Sunday and not the face of somebody who just finished a game and a win,” Mourinho said.

“I still live with the emotions of last Sunday.

“I know how to win titles. In case some of you guys don’t know I won eight championships in four different countries, and three in this country.

“I know why you win, I know why you don’t win.

“OK, no doubts about City’s quality, and that in any circumstances they would win this title because they are the better (team).

“But we could have, perfectly, I would say 10 more points than we have.”

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How FA Intends To Bring Ex-footballers Back To The Game

Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes, Steven Gerrard, FA, Ex-footballersThe Football Association has begun training of retired footballers aimed at preventing former England internationals from quitting the game.

Former Manchester United midfielder, Paul Scholes is already taking part in a pilot FA programme, while contacts have been made with Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard about getting involved in the scheme.

FA Technical Director, Dan Ashworth, said on Monday that “St George’s Park is very much open to ex-England players.

“We are keen to get more English coaches either working with our national teams or back into the Premier League or Football League as coaches and managers.

“I have been in regular contact with several current and ex-England internationals about a pilot programme.”

Individuals are assessed and then the FA puts together a learning programme.

For Scholes, the assessment would determine whether he has the right skills to coach other players how to pass the ball.

This would be based on his playing career which shows he has all the practical ability required to demonstrate the skill.

Giggs Dismisses Louis van Gaal Rift Rumours

Manchester United's manager Van Gaal speaks with Giggs before their friendly soccer match against Valencia in ManchesterManchester United Assistant Manager, Ryan Giggs, has dismissed rumours of a rift with boss, Louis van Gaal.

There had been stories of tension between the duo after Giggs acted reluctant to fully celebrate Ashley Young’s winning goal at Newcastle on Wednesday.

The Welshman’s friend and former team-mate, Paul Scholes, suggested Giggs “may not have the patience” to remain as number two for the next three years.

Scholes also speculated that he could not see Welshman Giggs being Van Gaal’s assistant until the end of his contract in 2017.

He said: “There’s no doubt, he had that little taste of it for the last three weeks of last year and he definitely wants to be a manager, you can see that.

“Over the next two or three years, will he have the patience to be a number two for that long? I’m not sure he will.”

However, Giggs on the other hand, said the pair have a “great working relationship”.

The 2-time UEFA Champions League winner said: “I’m working as hard as I can and enjoying every minute of it.

“It’s coming to that part of the season where the media will look at any little thing just to make it more exciting and more interesting.”

Van Gaal said he was “irritated” by suggestions of a rift between himself and Giggs, claiming they have a good relationship.

Giggs, who took over at Old Trafford for the final four games of last season following David Moyes’ dismissal, was named assistant following van Gaal’s appointment in May 2014.

The 41-year-old Giggs, who was the first player in history to win two consecutive PFA Young Player of the Year awards (1992 and 1993), said he was learning from working under the former Netherlands boss.

“I’ve really enjoyed working under him and learning something new everyday. I’m learning under a great manager,” Giggs said.

“He’s won everything and to work under someone like Louis is a great experience for me.

“He’s been brilliant with me and given me a lot of responsibility.

“Each day I learn something different and I love working with the players.

“I’ve been given a great opportunity to be assistant of a club that I’ve spent my whole career at.”

Van Persie’s spot-kick sinks unlucky Liverpool

Manchester United earned a much desired victory against a 10-man Reds of Liverpool at Anfield this afternoon as a Robin Van Persie late penalty did the magic for the Red Devils.

Jonjo Shelvey’s sending-off brought down the host’s team to 10 men but still managed to take the lead through Steven Gerrard’s volley seconds after the interval.

Shelvey robbed Ryan Giggs in midfield but as the ball broke free he launched himself at Jonny Evans and the inevitable outcome was a red card.

However, Rafael equalised soon after and Van Persie, one of three United players to miss from the spot this term, scored his fourth goal in as many games against the Reds – although three of those had come for former side Arsenal – nine minutes from time.

Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra shook hands in a show of unity before the game – the Liverpool forward had refused to shake the United defender’s hand in the league meeting between the sides at Old Trafford in February, having previously been found guilty of racially abusing Evra in the corresponding fixture at Anfield last season.

Second-half substitute Suso, making his Premier League debut three days after his first-team bow in Switzerland, saw his cross half-cleared to Glen Johnson. A tackle from Paul Scholes, on for Nani at half-time, succeeded only in diverting the ball towards Gerrard who volleyed home left-footed in front of the Kop.

It was short-lived, however, as within five minutes United were level when Shinji Kagawa laid the ball off for Rafael to brilliantly curl left-footed over Jose Reina and in off the far post.

Daniel Agger and Johnson collided to allow Antonio Valencia to race 50 yards into the area and although Johnson got back he could only bring down the Ecuador international. Van Persie drilled home – although Reina went the right way and almost made the stop.