Manchester United legend Paul Scholes enjoyed a glittering career on the pitch, winning a 11 Premier League titles, a record for an Englishmen, along with many other accolades along the way. His management career has been anything but that. After his caretaker job with Salford City, Scholes finally got his full-time management gig, with Oldham Athletic of League 2. He arrived to much fanfare and a huge uproar of excitement for the Boundary Park faithful, one of the game’s all time greats has come to take the club to new heights. His first game in charge was a dramatic win and one that was supposed to live on in the club’s history as Scholes’ first.
31 days… Scholes lasted 31 days. The legendary Englishmen resigned from his post at the helm of the club after just barely a month in charge of the 15th placed League 2 side after recording a 1-3-3 record. WHY? Well, that’s where it gets really confusing and the media is still picking at all the parts of the story.
From Scholesy’s perspective, he resigned because he claimed he was misled at how he was able to run the team and the club and feels he was not able to operate to a level promised to him upon signing. Not much was said for awhile after until Oldham reported that Scholes resigned via WhatsApp… Scholes resigned from a professional football club via text. Yeah, I’m confused too. If you feel the need to text your resignation as the manager of a football club, that speaks way more than anything else could about the relationship Scholes had with the board right from the get-go.
From Oldham’s perspective, the state of the club was no secret to Scholes upon arriving. Often times the players have to wash their own kit, the electric turns off, the team bus sometimes doesn’t even show up. The club was already in shambles, did Scholes really expect to take over a League 2 side as if it were running like Manchester United?
There still remains many questions on this case but the ultimate question now is, where will Scholes end up next as surely this cannot be his management send-off already. He may have had a major setback in his management career thus far, but if his playing career is anything to go by, we are in store for much more.
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