LONDON (AFP) – Former Manchester United and England midfielder Paul Scholes has been appointed manager of Oldham Athletic, the club announced on Monday.
Scholes, 44, is taking on his first managerial role, signing a contract with the club he supported as a boy after spending his entire playing career at Old Trafford.
The former Premier League club are languishing in mid-table in League Two, the fourth tier of the English game.
“Oldham Athletic are delighted to announce footballing legend Paul Scholes as the new first-team manager on a one-and-a-half-year-deal,” the club said in a statement.
“I couldn’t be any happier at the minute,” Scholes told Oldham’s official website. “It’s been a while. Obviously there’s been talk of it when I finished my (playing) career.
“It wasn’t something I was quite ready to do and there’s obviously been three or four times over the last six years where it could have happened and I’ve not been quite ready.”
Scholes, a member of Manchester United’s famed ‘Class of ‘92’ alongside David Beckham and Ryan Giggs, said he wanted to entertain Oldham’s fans.
“I want my team to be aggressive and focussed on winning first and foremost,” he said. “I know it’s not going to happen every week, but I go into every game expecting to win.”
Oldham owner Abdallah Lemsagam said, “Paul has won everything there is to win in football.
“He is a man who will bring a lot of footballing knowledge and his hunger to succeed in management will be there for everyone to see.”
Manchester United wished Scholes luck, saying in a message on Twitter, “Best of luck to Scholesy in his new role as first-team manager of @OfficialOAFC!”