The EFL will decide whether Paul Scholes will be allowed to become the manager of Oldham Athletic at a meeting in London today.
Sky Sports are reporting the EFL will discuss the ramifications of the appointment which would contradict their rule prohibiting a person having a simultaneous interest in two clubs. Scholes is part owner of National League promotion chasers Salford City.
With Salford currently playing outside the EFL, there is no immediate issue. However, if Salford achieves promotion, Scholes could be faced with the possibility of dispensing with his stake in Salford or potentially placing his shares in trust, something Sky Sports are suggesting the former Manchester United and England international is not keen to do. The meeting today will lay down the guidelines and options available next season if Salford joins the EFL and Scholes is the manager at Oldham.
Oldham have been under the temporary charge of former academy coach Pete Wild since they sacked Frankie Bunn in December. Salford are second in the National League table three points behind leaders Leyton Orient.
Scholes is a massive Oldham Athletic fan but is also a businessman. If Salford gets promoted, he will face a choice of where his loyalties lie.
At Salford City, he is part of a long term project, and it is whether he wants to give that up to go into the precarious world of football management.
Oldham fans will love him at Boundary Park but like all supporters, they will turn on him if he doesn’t get results and he could be soon out the door.
Supporters may also be concerned that his reluctance to give up his stake in Salford shows a lack of full commitment to Oldham.
Its a difficult situation but my view is a compromise will be reached, and Scholes will soon be in charge without relinquishing his stake at Salford.