After embarking on what looked like being a promising managerial career, Paul Scholes has resigned as boss of League Two club Oldham after only a month.
The former Manchester United midfielder took over at his local club last month, with Oldham stranded in mid table in the bottom tier of the Football League. He was in charge for seven games in total, leaving Boundry Park with only one victory under his belt.
Oldham fell to defeat at Lincoln in midweek, which proved to be his final game in charge. Scholes released a brief statement upon his departure:
BREAKING: Paul Scholes has left his role at @OfficialOAFC. #SSN pic.twitter.com/Q20qopig9v
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) March 14, 2019
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 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," he added.
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.
Oldham were relegated from League One last season, and currently sit in 14th place in the table.
Where Scholes goes from here in unclear, but it is likely he will return to his role as a pundit on BT Sport for the time being. It remains to be seen if this experience has soured him from pursuing a career in football management, but he couldn't have got off to a worst start.
A number of members of the 'golden generation' of English football have moved into management in recent times, with Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard also taking their first jobs this season.