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New Oldham boss Scholes: I'll just ignore criticism

New Oldham boss Scholes: I'll just ignore criticism

Scholes has now taken charge at his boyhood club in League Two and despite admitting he has left himself "wide open" to scrutiny, is not daunted by what might be said about him.

Scholes has never made any secret of his affinity for Oldham and that a role at Boundary Park would appeal to him.

Sky Sports further reports that the only restriction to the 44-year-old is he will not be allowed to sign players from, or sell to, Salford City.

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

"I think he will be watching results", said Scholes when asked about Mourinho.

"I'm close to Nicky (Butt, United's head of academy) and the people at United, if they can help me I'm sure they will".

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.

Scholes has plenty of former colleagues and team-mates for support and advice and revealed he will try to use his links with Manchester United to his advantage but he is keen to find his own way in management.

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"I wanted to come into this with my full coaching badges and I've got them now".

"They can say what they want".

If anyone wants to have a pop at me, I won't take any notice.

"There was talk when I finished my career, but it wasn't something I was quite ready to do".

Speaking about the appointment, Oldham owner Abdallah Lemsagam said: "Paul has won everything there is to win in football".

Gary Neville has also tried his hand at coaching, but a saw a brief spell at La Liga side Valencia last just under four months.

Scholes will be in the dugout for his first game in charge tomorrow night (Tuesday 12th February 2019) at home to Yeovil Town.

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