Oldham Athletic officially announce Paul Scholes as their new first-team manager

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Oldham Athletic have officially announced that Paul Scholes will be taking over as first-team manager. 

The former Manchester United midfielder has long been linked with the role but there were complications around him joining the Latics. 

He owns a 10% stake in National League club Salford City and EFL rules prevent a person holding roles with two clubs at the same time without the prior consent of the board.

On Friday, Scholes was cleared to become involved with Oldham after the body met and decided his stake in Salford is held "purely for investment purposes". 

Just 24 hours after that decision was made, the League Two side have confirmed his arrival at Boundary Park. 

This will be the ex-England international's first job in management after retiring as a player back in 2013. 

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Interestingly, Scholes did form part of Ryan Giggs' backroom staff at Old Trafford when the Welshman took over Man United for four games after they sacked David Moyes in 2014.

But aside from that short experience, he's not had any other professional involvement in the game since and was most recently working as a pundit for BT Sport.  

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With Oldham currently 15th in League Two, Scholes can't afford to waste any time if he wants to stop his side slipping closer to the relegation zone. 

He'll also be thrown straight into the deep end because their next fixture is at home to Yeovil Town on Tuesday night - and Scholes is expected to be watching from the dugout. 

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