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Manchester United legend turns down Oldham managers job

Modified 06 Mar 2015
Paul Scholes denies rumours linking him to Oldham job.

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has revealed he will hopefully one-day manage boyhood club Oldham Athletic, but he won’t be replacing Lee Johnson at Boundary Park.

The former Manchester United midfielder confirms he was offered the opportunity to take the manager’s job with Oldham Athletic, but turned it down due to the fact he couldn’t fully commit to the club with other commitments

Scholes was linked to the role after Johnson left Oldham last month for Barnsley.

Paul Scholes spoke with the Independent and said,: “It was an offer that really tempted me. Even as I watched them in the Port Vale game on Tuesday, having made my decision not to take the job, there was part of me that wished I was in the dug-out.”

“I will be a manager one day. I have come to see that over the last eight months, although I know that I first said that I did not see my future in coaching,” he added. “And one day I believe that I will manage Oldham, the club that my dad supports and who are very close to my heart.”

Scholes used to attend Oldham games with his father when he was young, so he knows all about the club.

“They are a really good family club who mean a great deal to a lot of people – myself included. I just did not feel this was the right time. When I go into management, I want to do so with 100 percent commitment. At the moment I have a lot of responsibilities and things going on in my life that I cannot simply drop immediately,” he continued.

“Most importantly I have a young family who need their dad around, having been away a lot during my playing career. There was no way, for example, I would ever have tried to combine a coaching job with my work on television.”

“Managing a club like Oldham has to be an all-absorbing, seven days a week commitment. That is how Lee made such a success of it. One day I will be ready to do that. This was the right job, just at the wrong time.”

Published 06 Mar 2015, 16:10 IST
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