New Oldham boss Scholes: I'll just ignore criticism

Paul Scholes- The role will be the former Manchester United player's first in management

Paul Scholes- The role will be the former Manchester United player's first in management

Scholes, upon his unveiling at Oldham on Monday, was inevitably asked how he'd react to any potential future comments from pundits including Mourinho, who yesterday revealed he'd be returning to football in a new role.

"If anyone wants to have a dig at me, I won't be taking any notice".

"That is part of the thing that bugged me a little bit".

After spending his entire career playing for United, and retiring for a second time from playing in 2013, Scholes has spent most of his time as a television commentator and as a part-owner of fifth-tier club Salford.

The Portuguese did not take too kindly to seeing his methods mocked and will be among the interested observers as Scholes steps into the unknown.

"It's always been a club fighting relegation as much as other managers have tried to lift it, it's been hard and I'm like every manager who's been here in that time, I want to try and change it". "If he's 25%, he'll be quite happy".

Speaking about the appointment, 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.

Scholes will be hoping to fare considerably better than that, but has a long road ahead of him.

That, along with a short spell on the United coaching staff when the now Wales manager Ryan Giggs took temporary charge at Old Trafford following David Moyes' sacking in 2014, remains his only experience in the dugout.

Scholes will be aware of that the pressure is on him to avoid suffering a fate similar to that endured by his fellow co-owner of Salford City.

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Scholes was cleared to take the role after the EFL held a board meeting to ascertain whether there would be a conflict of interest as he owns a 10 per cent stake in National League club Salford.

Oldham is based about 16 kilometres northeast of Manchester and played in the first two Premier League seasons before being relegated in 1994.

Scholes's first game in charge will be this weekend at home to Crewe.

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