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Next Oldham manager: Paul Scholes moves ahead of former-favourite after shock vacancy talks

Wed, 11 October 2017, 19:21

League one club Oldham Athletic made plenty of headlines last week with legendary Dutch player Clarence Seedorf strongly linked with the vacant hot-seat, however he is now out of the running but Lactics fans can get excited all over again as another legend is linked today. What Are The Odds looks at who could be the next Oldham manager.

According to multiple sources, including on BBC Football, former Manchester United star Paul Scholes was interviewed on Wednesday for the vacancy which has been available since the departure of John Sheridan back in September. Scholes would certainly put a whole lot of attention on the club currently languishing 19th in the League One table - bookmaker Sky Bet currently back the 42-year old at 1/1 (2.00)

Scholes who had predominately worked as a pundit on television and as a co-owner of Salford City FC, but has some prior coaching experience at Manchester United - but has never held any kind of senior role coaching at any level. Oldham, if they do appoint the former England international, will hope that the name, the history of Scholes being a boyhood Lactics fan will be enough to continue the club’s good form post-John Sheridan.

Talking of that good form, the club have won all three fixtures since John Sheridan’s departure under current caretaker boss Richie Wellens - in that spell they have moved away from the relegation zone and have got many talking that the Manchester born 37-year old should be given the nod ahead of any potential outside candidates. He was until earlier today the favourite for the job, but his odds have gone in the opposite direction since the talk of Paul Scholes surfaced, and is now priced at 6/4 (2.50) - a sub-plot to this is that Wellens actually played for Salford City in 2006 with Scholes as one of the co-owners.

Oldham fans for now can potentially look forward to seeing a former player with 11 Premier League and two Champions League titles to his name (among many other trophies) commanding the technical area at Boundary Park.

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