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Paul Scholes in the running for vacant managerial job at League One club

The Man United legend could be about to take his first steps into management.

Scholes has no managerial experience having worked as a pundit since retiring.
Scholes has no managerial experience having worked as a pundit since retiring.
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PAUL SCHOLES HAS emerged as one of the candidates in the running for the vacant managerial post at League One club Oldham Athletic.

The former Manchester United midfielder, who retired in 2013, is reportedly in talks with the club following John Sheridan’s sacking last month and met with Oldham officials earlier.

Scholes is a life-long Oldham fan and a regular visitor to Boundary Park but has no managerial experience apart from a brief stint as part of Ryan Giggs’ backroom staff following David Moyes’ dismissal as Manchester United manager.

Oldham, who have also interviewed former Dutch midfielder Clarence Seedorf for the job, have declined to comment on whether Scholes is in the frame.

Scholes, an 11-time Premier League champion, was previously offered the chance to become manager at his boyhood club when Lee Johnson left for Barnsley in 2015.

In a column for the Independent newspaper at the time, Scholes wrote: “One day I believe that I will manage Oldham, the club that my dad supports and who are very close to my heart.

“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.”

At the start of this year, Scholes took youth training sessions at Oldham as part of work towards his Uefa A coaching licence.

Since calling time on a United career comprising 717 appearances and 155 goals, Scholes has worked as a television pundit and along with Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Nicky Butt, owns a stake in non-league side Salford City.

Another former United midfielder, Richie Wellens, is currently interim manager and has spoken of his desire to take on the role full time having won all three matches in charge.

Oldham are currently 19th in League One and have Irish players Paul Green and Eoin Doyle on their books.

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