Paul Scholes has been named as new manager of League Two side Oldham Athletic, the very club he supported as a lad.
The former Manchester United man had to seek clearance from the Football League before taking the job due to concerns his ownership stake in non-league side Salford City might constitute a conflict of interests.
However, following a meeting on Friday, Scholes has now been officially sworn in by the Latics on an 18-month deal…
Here’s the news you’ve been waiting for…
— Oldham Athletic AFC (@OfficialOAFC) 11 February 2019
Minor update: Salford have confirmed that Scholes has resigned his position as a director but maintained his 10% share in the club)
Of course, the rational expectation is that this may end up going fairly badly but it’s possible having a player of Scholes’ calibre and renown being involved on a day-to-day basis could also prove to be a massive boon/motivation for the Oldham squad.
The Latics are currently 14th in League Two, some nine points off the play-offs at the tail end of a crowded middle pack.
We only hope that Jose Mourinho is on hand to criticise his every move from this point onward.