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Paul Scholes: Oldham was right job at wrong time

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes he will manage Oldham Athletic one day but admitted a recent offer to take charge came too soon for him.

The Latics are currently without a manager after Lee Johnson joined Barnsley last month and they offered Scholes the position but he turned it down.

A life-long supporter of the club, Scholes watched the team triumph against Port Vale away on Tuesday.

The 40-year-old admits he is open to managing Oldham in the future but said he has too many other commitments to be able to do the job right now.

Speaking about the position, Scholes said: ”One day I believe I’ll manage Oldham, who are very close to my heart. This was the right job at the wrong time.

“They are a really good family club who mean a great deal to a lot of people – myself included. I just did not feel this was the right time.

“When I go into management, I want to do so with 100% commitment. At the moment I have a lot of responsibilities and things going on in my life that I cannot simply drop immediately.

“Most importantly I have a young family who need their dad around, having been away a lot during my playing career. There was no way, for example, I would ever have tried to combine a coaching job with my work on television.”

Scholes has previously worked with Man United’s U19s team and assisted Ryan Giggs during the Welshman’s short spell as the club’s caretaker manager at the end of last season.

He also took temporary charge of non-league Salford City alongside Phil Neville after manager Phil Power’s departure. Although the majority of United fans would love to see him back at Old Trafford in some capacity, it would be difficult to begrudge him a move to his boyhood club.

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