The dream is over. Paul Scholes has quit as manager of Oldham Athletic after just 31 days in the role.
Scholes, a boyhood Oldham fan, was appointed on 11th February on an 18-month deal – his first job in senior management.
Unfortunately, the former Manchester United midfielder was only able to see out roughly 5% of his contract before walking.
Speaking in a statement, Scholes said that his decision to resign came with “great regret”:
I hoped to, at the very least, see out my initial term as the manager of a club I’ve supported all my life.
The fans, players, my friends and family all knew how proud and excited I was to take this role.
I wish the fans, the players and the staff – who have been tremendous – all the best for the rest of the season and will continue to watch and support the club as a fan.
It unfortunately became clear that I would not be able to operate as I intended and was led to believe prior to taking on the role.
Scholes leaves Boundary Park with a record of one win in seven games and the Latics in 14th in League Two, nine points off the play-offs – exactly the same position as when he took over.
Somewhere out there, Jose Mourinho is rubbing his hands with unbridled glee.