Former Manchester United star Paul Scholes has been officially confirmed as the new manager of League 2 side Oldham Athletic.
The 44-year-old, who was a supporter of the Latics during his childhood, is taking his first steps into management, having previously served on the coaching staff at United during Ryan Giggs' brief reign as caretaker boss in 2014. Scholes will take over from Academy coach Pete Wild, who has been in temporary charge of Oldham since Frankie Bunn's sacking last December.
Announcing the news on their official website, a statement from club chairman 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.
"It’s no secret how much he has wanted this job in the past and how much he loves this club, so I’m very happy to bring him into our family at Oldham Athletic. Paul will have my backing 100% and hopefully we can work together to bring success back to this club.”
Scholes spent his entire twenty year professional career with the Red Devils, becoming a United legend after making a mighty 718 appearances. During his time at the club, the tough-tackling midfielder won 11 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues and three FA Cups.
Since retiring, Scholes has spent time working as a pundit, and also holds a 10% stake in National League club Salford City. His appointment has been ratified and approved by the Football Association though, with a potential conflict of interest for Scholes deemed irrelevant att this time