League Two side Oldham Athletic have recently confirmed the appointment of Manchester United legend Paul Scholes as the club’s new manager.
The 44-year old joins the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard in taking the plunge into management, after such an illustrious career as a player.
The former Red Devils midfielder lifted 25 major trophies in his career, and takes the reins of a club he knows well having been brought up in the Greater Manchester area.
Oldham still have a League Two play-off finish well in their sights – the Latics are currently nine points off the top seven and sit in 14th position in the league.
We at FLW recently spoke to EFL on Quest pundit Stephen Warnock who gave us his thoughts on this significant managerial appointment.
“To bring a name like Paul Scholes into Oldham will be beneficial when trying to attract players, because you will get players who want to come and play for him and learn off the best.”
“You’ve got a winner’s belief instilled into you straight away and he’ll look to pass that onto his players. I think that’s the one thing we’ve seen with Steven Gerrard at Rangers and Frank Lampard at Derby, the mentality of the managers and the skills that they try to bring to the club.”
“He knows the game inside out, and I think his time at Salford behind the scenes would have been a great experience for him.”
It is a managerial appointment that is likely to raise eyebrows – not just because of the name, but because it is Scholes’ first shot in management, and he has a big task on his hands in trying to guide the Latics into the play-off positions.
When asked whether the appointment was a risky one, Warnock told us that Scholes only has to look at his former England teammates to know that he can be a successful manager.
“It depends – it’s one of them managerial appointments that you’ll never know until the end of this season or next season, because managers need time to stamp their own authority on the club.”
“It’ll be a challenge for him, for sure, but he only has to look at Gerrard and Lampard and see how they’ve adapted to life in management to know that if you work hard, do the right recruitment and work well with the players, then you’ll get the right results.”
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