Paul Scholes has left the role of manager at Oldham Athletic after just 31 days in charge.
He picked up one win in that time, but Tuesday night’s 2-0 defeat at Sincil Bank will be the final match of his managerial career, for now. The former Manchester United midfielder was born and raised as a Latics fan, but has been unable to settle in the role.
He released a statement that suggested he might not have been given the support he was promised, but in signing after the transfer deadline he couldn’t bring in players anyway.
Scholes has said; “It’s 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.”
“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 I would not be able to operate as I intended and was led to believe prior to taking on the role.”
Fans of Oldham and the wider footballing community have react in shock to the decision, which has seemingly come out of the blue.
One poster, at the Lincoln game in midweek, claims Scholes couldn’t have looked ‘less interested if he tried’.
Here’s how football is reacting right now.
Paul Scholes at Oldham worked out well.
— Steve Lillis (@stevelillis) March 14, 2019
I see Paul scholes has followed Gary Neville’s footsteps into being a failed manager #shame
— ryan foster (@ryanfoster92) March 14, 2019
Paul Scholes resigning as Oldham Athletic manager after a month, proves that it's always easier to sit on the sidelines and talk nonsense about football
— Paul W (@MisterpaulW) March 14, 2019
— dipsmufc (@dipsMUFC) March 14, 2019
And so begins and ends the short football managerial career of paul scholes #whatwasthepoint
— Jon Young (@JonYoung82) March 14, 2019
Was at Lincoln v Oldham Tuesday night and Paul Scholes couldn’t have looked less interested if he tried. Seemed inevitable that it wouldn’t last much longer.
— Scott Wiles (@scott_w88) March 14, 2019
I'm not surprised at Scholes leaving Oldham. Wonderful player, but never saw him as one to take charge of a club.
— Haji Thanos (@OlakunleSaid) March 14, 2019
So after constantly criticising Jose Paul Scholes finds out that coaching is not as easy as it looks. Walks away from Oldham after just SEVEN Games. SMH!!!
— Nutri Bulla (@realpaulreid) March 14, 2019