Manchester United great Scholes takes charge at Oldham

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Former England worldwide Scholes, who spent his whole playing career at Premier League giants Manchester United, was a boyhood Oldham fan.

A 3-0 victory at Crawley Town on Saturday was Oldham's first in the league since New Year's Day and they are 14th in the table - nine points off the playoff spots.

The 44-year-old Scholes is starting out in the fourth - and lowest - tier of professional football in England after taking charge of hometown team Oldham on Monday on a 1½-year contract.

"I just feel ready".

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"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".

He told ITV in January when talk of a position with the Latics first surfaced: "I've made no secret that I want to get back into football in some form of coaching".

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

"Watch the pundits because he's been asking for it", joked the Norwegian, referring to Scholes's outspoken comments as a TV critic. "I'm like every other manager I want to try and change that and I hope I can do it".

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'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 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.

Paul Scholes has said he expects scrutiny from Jose Mourinho after becoming manager of League Two Oldham.

"I've got great experience with Gary (Neville) too, what he did in Valencia, Ryan (Giggs) with Wales and under Louis Van Gaal (at United)".

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Scholes' first match in charge will see his new side host Yeovil Town on February 12 as they look to bridge the nine-point gap to thos now in the League Two play-off places.

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