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Paul Scholes resigns as Oldham manager after just one month

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Paul Scholes‘ first coaching gig lasted just over one month.

The Manchester United legend took over at fourth-tier Oldham Athletic in February, but just 31 days later he has stepped down from his boyhood club as he said it had become clear he would “not be able to operate as I intended and was led to believe prior to taking on the role”

Scholes won once in his seven games in charge, drawing three times and losing three games. Oldham are 14th in League Two.

Here is the statement in full, as Scholes will now presumably move back into his role as a TV pundit for BT Sport in the UK while he continues to look for coaching opportunities.

“It is with great regret I have decided to leave the club with immediate effect. I hoped to at the very least see out my initial term of 18 months as the manager of the 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 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.”

The legendary 44-year-old midfielder has obviously had a huge disagreement as to how the club would be run, as Oldham owner and chairman Abdallah Lemsagam was heavily involved with the club.

It appears Scholes was promised plenty but saw that things were not to his liking early on.

But, maybe a return to Oldham could happen. Scholes retired as a United player, then returned eight months later due to an injury crisis at the club. He retired, officially official, 18 months later.

Paul Scholes appointed Oldham manager

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Paul Scholes is the latest legendary English midfielder to head into management.

Scholes, 44, has been appointed as the new manager of fourth-tier Oldham Athletic, with the Manchester United legend taking charge of his boyhood club until at least the summer of 2020.

With Steven Gerrard in charge at Glasgow Rangers and Frank Lampard leading Derby County, Scholes is also swapping punditry for the managerial hotseat and says he has “a lot of passion” for Oldham.

Why is he now moving into management?

“I just feel ready. There have been times in the past where it has been an option for me,” Scholes told the media on Monday. “I wanted to come into this with my full coaching badges, I have watched the team closely. I think this is a good team with some really good players. With the squad we have I think we should be pushing for promotion.”

This job has been lined up for Scholes for some time, but due to his involvement as a part-owner of fifth-tier Salford City alongside his former United teammates the English Football League had to look into the matter and scope out any potential conflict of interests.

Scholes has stepped down as a director of Salford City, but still keeps his 10 percent stake in the club. With everything now squared away, Scholes’ main aim will be to push Oldham up the League Two table as they currently sit nine points off the playoffs with 16 games to go.

Oldham owner Abdallah Lemsagam told the club website that Scholes will have his “100 percent backing” as the Latics manager.

“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,” Lemsagam said. “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 percent and hopefully we can work together to bring success back to this club.”

His coaching career saw him help out with the youth and reserve teams at United towards the end of his playing days, and he then helped out Ryan Giggs during his interim spell in charge of United in the final months of the 2013-14 campaign.

Scholes won every single major trophy in the domestic game in England during his glittering career with Man United. He won two Champions League titles, 11 Premier Leagues and played 718 times for the Red Devils, as well as winning 66 caps for England with 14 goals on the international stage.

Most recently he has worked as a pundit for both ITV and BT Sport and is known for his dry sense of humor and savage takes on all things United, and especially Jose Mourinho in recent times.

Scholes’ remit will be simple: turn Oldham into promotion contenders in League Two.

Nobody is expecting Scholes to return Oldham to the Premier League (their last appearance in the top-flight was a two-year stay from 1992-94) but if his old teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gets the United job permanently then you can be sure plenty of United’s best youngsters will be heading to Oldham on loan for the 2018-19 campaign.

FA Cup: Martin Tyler coaches v. Watford; Fulham stunned

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One of the Premier League’s legendary play-by-play men was in the dugout against a top-flight side in FA Cup action on Sunday.

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It was one of several highlights as Fulham was ousted, Man City hung seven on Rotherham United, and Millwall brought the drama against visiting Hull City.

Woking 0-2 Watford

Here’s a cool summer story brought to the forefront this weekend: Legendary broadcaster Martin Tyler is a longtime Woking supporter, and joined the National League club under old friend Alan Dowson in the dugout.

That includes Sunday’s FA Cup match against Premier League opposition.

His Cardinals didn’t let him down, hanging with the Hornets aside from Will Hughes‘ 13th minute goal and Troy Deeney‘s late insurance marker.

Fulham 1-2 Oldham Athletic

It’s one thing to be upset by a lower division side, but it’s quite another to give it away in breakneck fashion.

Denis Odoi scored a 51st minute goal for the Premier League hosts, but the Cottagers’ faithful couldn’t get the relief of a rare win on Sunday.

Substitute striker Sam Surridge equalized from the spot in the 76th minute before Callum Lang’s 88th minute goal pushed the League Two side to a memorable win at Craven Cottage.

FA Cup Sunday and Monday

Man City 7-0 Rotherham United — RECAP, VIDEO
Millwall 2-1 Hull City
Preston North End 1-3 Doncaster Rovers
Sheffield United 0-1 Barnet
Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Leeds United
Newport County v. Leicester City — 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Wolves v. Liverpool — 2:45 p.m. ET Monday

Blackburn Rovers match delayed after swarm of bees invades pitch

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The supporters at SportsDirect.com Park were buzzing to see Oldham Athletic take on Blackburn Rovers yesterday, but they had to wait a bit for some action as a swarm of bees delayed the start of the match.

One of the goalposts became covered with bees as a local beekeeper had to be called to come clear the danger as fans were held outside the stadium before the start of the match.

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Blackburn Rovers spent 11 straight seasons in the Premier League before being relegated in 2012, and finished 8th in the Championship last season. They won the match against Oldham 2-0.

As seen below, both sides took to Twitter to dish out some witty updates on the situation.

After the match a spokesman for Oldham said “We are very grateful to the local bee society who arranged for a beekeeper to come along and clear the bees.”

You can see more photos of the beekeeper hard at work here.

Is Manchester United legend Paul Scholes in line for a managerial job in League One?

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League One side Oldham Athletic could turn to a Manchester United legend to fill its current managerial vacancy.

Manager Lee Johnson made a lateral move Barnsley on Wednesday, and Paul Scholes has been tipped as a prime candidate for the Manchester club. Oldham is two points ahead of Barnsley with a match-in-hand.

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There’s a clutter near League One’s final promotion playoff spot, with Oldham one of 14 teams within seven points of sixth. The Latics are two points behind sixth-place Bradford.

Scholes, 40, would be a high-profile move for the Latics, and Oldham says it won’t rush to hire a replacement, saying of the Scholes talk, “We can’t stop speculation and that will always happen with a vacancy,” said Joy.

Scholes’ only managerial experience was at Salford City, the semi-pro club he purchased with Phillip Neville, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs last year. “The Ammies” lead the First Division North of the Northern Premier League.