Paul Scholes is the favourite to take over his childhood club, Oldham Athletic, after they sacked Frankie Bunn last month.
The Latics have yet to make an appointment, despite being without a manager for over a month. They’ve found themselves steady in the League Two promotion race, but the unpopular sacking has divided fans.
According to Sky Sports, the decision may yet lead to them making the one appointment that could instil some real strength and belief in the side. Paul Scholes grew up watching Oldham and although he’s involved with non league Salford City, he could relinquish that role in order to take over at Boundary Park.
The former Manchester United midfielder has already spoken with owner Abdallah Lemsagam and is considering an offer, but a decision isn’t expected in the next day or two. The owner is due to fly into the country early next week to tie up the finer details.
Scholes is one of the true greats of the English game, playing all of his 718 senior matches for Manchester United in the top flight. He won 11 Premier League titles, two European Champions Leagues and three FA Cups, as well as a World Club Cup and various minor trophies as a player. He also turned out 66 times for England, scoring 14 goals.
This would be a headline appointment, that is for sure. With Sol Campbell and Andy Cole now at Macclesfield, it seems the north-west is still attracting those big names even when the teams are languishing in the fourth division.
Scholes never intimated he wanted to go into management, but the lure of taking over his boyhood club must be too much. the no-nonsense local boy will either be an inspired choice or a huge own goal.
One thing would be for certain, the 44-year-old isn’t taking the job for money, nor as a stepping stone. He just wants to turn around his club. That should be admired, whatever the outcome.