15 Mar 19
Paul Scholes resigned as Oldham Athletic manager by text, the club’s owner has said.
Scholes quit the League Two club on Thursday after just 31 days in charge.
He won his first match at the helm of his hometown club, but subsequently drew three and lost three.
Paul Scholes left Oldham after 31 days in charge
In a statement about his departure, appearing to imply interference from the boardroom, Scholes said: “In the short period since I took on the role it unfortunately became clear that I would not be able to operate as I intended and was led to believe prior to taking the role.”
The club has since responded to this statement with owner Abdallah Lemsagam expressing his disappointment at his decision to quit after such a brief spell.
— Oldham Athletic AFC (@OfficialOAFC) March 15, 2019
The statement read: “I am disappointed by Paul’s decision to resign and surprised by the reasons he has given in his statement.
“Both myself and the staff at the club gave Paul all the support and autonomy that he asked for. I personally was always supportive of any decisions Paul made or consulted me on reassuring him that he was the man in charge.
“I continued to encourage him despite the results and reassured him that his job was secure. I was content to remain in League Two for this season and working with the team we have for the remainder of this season is important.
Paul Scholes ‘resigned by text’ from Oldham
“Paul and I both agreed that there is potential but I reassured him that he had my full backing to rebuild the team of his choice next season. He did not raise any concerns at all about the team or any other matters informally or formally, prior to his resignation. He gave no opportunity or indications that he needed to address any issues at all.
“I have been in Dubai over the last couple of weeks and actually at ease knowing that he was in charge. I was very surprised as he simply resigned by text on Wednesday afternoon and has refused to discuss matters that influenced him to make his decision.
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“Management is a difficult job and both myself and everyone at the club would have worked with Paul to find solutions, had we been given the chance. I personally believed that he would be the manager to take us forward this season and next and I know many of you felt the same.
“As a club we wish him well again and thank him for his contribution.
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“I have commenced working on the appointment of a new manager. Rest assured that since the news of Paul’s resignation I have had many offers that I will consider very carefully before making a decision.
“Paul’s assistant manager, Mick Priest is still working with the team and is happy to continue at the club.
“In the meantime, I do ask that you continue to support our club and the players as you have always done.”
Scholes has been invited to Manchester United’s training ground for a chat by his former Red Devils team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is currently in charge of the Old Trafford club.
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