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Paul Scholes lined up as next Oldham Athletic manager

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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes is being lined up as Oldham Athletic's next manager as the League One club begin their search for a replacement for Barnsley-bound boss Lee Johnson.

According to the Daily Mail, the retired Red Devils midfielder - who supported the Latics as a kid - is top of the list of potential candidates to succeed the current head coach at Boundary Park.

Since calling time on his illustrious Old Trafford career, Scholes has been regularly spotted cheering on his boyhood club from the stands, though it's not yet clear whether the former England international would seriously consider a swift move into full-time coaching.

Oldham chairman Simon Corney is a long-standing friend of the 40-year-old, and that relationship could prove decisive in convincing the Manchester United favourite to take the role until the end of the season at least.

Scholes' only previous experience came as part of Ryan Giggs' backroom team during his interim spell in charge at Manchester United following the sacking of David Moyes last season.

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He's also done a bit of training ground work with some of the Red Devils' development squads, but his time has been primarily split between TV punditry work and writing various newspaper columns, as well as the commitments that come with co-owning non-league side Salford City along with ex-teammates Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Nicky Butt.

Johnson is expected to be unveiled at Oakwell later today bar any last minute hitches with compensation, meaning Oldham's search for a successor is already underway as they try not to lose any ground in the race for promotion back to the Championship.

Currently lying in ninth place in the table, the Greater Manchester club are two points outside the play-offs, and hope to maintain their impressive run of form, even after Johnson's imminent departure.

Is it a risk?

Scholes would probably be the highest profile appointment in the club's history if he does opt to take on the lower league challenge, although his lack of experience as a manager might concern some fans focused on getting out of the third tier this term.

There's no doubt that the Manchester United man is one of the greatest English footballers to grace the modern era, but on-pitch excellence doesn't always transmit to the tactics room and the training ground when charged with leading an entire group of players.

Manchester United fans, what do you think: Is Paul Scholes cut out for football management? Should he dip his toe in the waters of coaching with Oldham until the end of the season? Share your thoughts below...

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