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Paul Scholes Explains Why He Ended His Brief Oldham Management Nightmare

Gary Connaughton
By Gary Connaughton
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Paul Scholes' foray into the world of management was a brief one.

Having had little in the way of coaching experience, he was appointed as manager of Oldham Town back in 2019 with the club fighting relegation from League Two. However, he would last just over a month in the role before resigning.

The club had been in turmoil for a number of years prior to his appointment, meaning Scholes knew what he was getting himself into when he took the job. In saying that, he didn't anticipate just how bad things were.

Paul Scholes explains Oldham Athletic Exit

Financial struggles at the club meant his players had to go without necessities such as hot water and training equipment, but the final straw for Paul Scholes came when owner Abdallah Lemsagam attempted to dictate team selection.


Speaking on The Overlap in partnership with Sky Bet, the former Manchester United midfielder recalled how his time at the club came to an end.

It's hard to describe as a low point, because I quite enjoyed it. There was a low point at the end when the interference came in.

[Lemsagam] was (trying to pick the team). I had heard so many stories when I was going in, I was told not to do it, that he's a nightmare and this kind of stuff.

But I was just determined to give it a go. I love Oldham, I just wanted to give it a go and see what happened. For the first three or four weeks I enjoyed it.

There was one game we were going to, it was Lincoln away. He pulled me in in the morning, he wanted to see me. The coach was outside the ground, we were ready to go Lincoln who were top of the league and flying, we were going to try and win but it was unlikely.

He wanted me to leave the captain out. As soon as you say 'leave anyone out', I didn't care who it was, as soon as he said that I had gone already.

I said 'no it's not happening'. He had three phones on his desk and said 'I've got clips of all the mistakes he's made'. I didn't care about the clips, I wasn't interested...

I couldn't accept that. I got on the bus and I was fuming. I went the day after, I resigned the day after.

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Oldham Athletic would actually manage to stay in the league that season, although they would subsequently be relegated to the National League in 2022 for the first time in their history.

Abdallah Lemsagam would oversee two relegations in four years of ownership, going on to sell the club during the summer.


As for Paul Scholes, his only other experience in management came during a three-week spell as the interim boss at Salford City, a club where he is a co-owner.

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