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Scholes resigns as Oldham boss
Friday 15th March 2019 @ 13:00 by Mark Phillip

Paul Scholes has resigned as Oldham Athletic manager – just 31 days after taking the job.

Scholes’ departure was confirmed via the club website on Thursday evening. A statement read: “Oldham Athletic Football Club can confirm that Paul Scholes has resigned from his position as First Team Manager with immediate effect.

“We would like to place on record our thanks to Paul for his efforts during his spell in charge of the club and would like to wish him well for the future. 

“An update on the permanent replacement will be made as soon as possible.”

During his short-lived stay with the club, Scholes guided Oldham to one victory, three draws and three defeats. He leaves the club 14th in League Two.

Scholes released his own statement, detailing the reasons for his exit. “It unfortunately became clear that I would not be able to operate as I intended and was led to believe prior to taking on the role,” he continued.

“I hoped to, at the very least, see out my initial term of 18 months as the manager of a club I’ve supported all my life,” he said.

“The fans, players, my friends and family all knew how proud and excited I was to take this role.

“I wish the fans, the players and the staff – who have been tremendous – all the best for the rest of the season and will continue to watch and support the club as a fan.”In response to Scholes’ resignation, owner Abdallah Lemsagam released the following statement: “I am disappointed by Paul’s decision to resign and surprised by the reasons he has given in his statement.

“Both myself and the staff at the club gave Paul all the support and autonomy that he asked for. I personally was always supportive of any decisions Paul made or consulted me on reassuring him that he was the man in charge.

“I continued to encourage him despite the results and reassured him that his job was secure. I was content to remain in League Two for this season and working with the team we have for the remainder of this season is important.

“Paul and I both agreed that there is potential but I reassured him that he had my full backing to rebuild the team of his choice next season. He did not raise any concerns at all about the team or any other matters informally or formally, prior to his resignation. He gave no opportunity or indications that he needed to address any issues at all. 

“I have been in Dubai over the last couple of weeks and actually at ease knowing that he was in charge. I was very surprised as he simply resigned by text on Wednesday afternoon and has refused to discuss matters that influenced him to make his decision. 

“Management is a difficult job and both myself and everyone at the club would have worked with Paul to find solutions, had we been given the chance. I personally believed that he would be the manager to take us forward this season and next and I know many of you felt the same. 

“As a club we wish him well again and thank him for his contribution. 

“I have commenced working on the appointment of a new manager. Rest assured that since the news of Paul’s resignation I have had many offers that I will consider very carefully before making a decision. 

“Paul’s assistant manager, Mick Priest is still working with the team and is happy to continue at the club.

“In the meantime, I do ask that you continue to support our club and the players as you have always done.”

Oldham host promotion chasing Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.