Paul Scholes will manage Oldham Athletic one day - Simon Corney

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Oldham Athletic chairman Simon Corney has revealed he would love Paul Scholes to take the vacant managerial job at Boundary Park, but admitted that the chances of the Manchester United legend succeeding Lee Johnson in the dugout is unlikely.

The retired Red Devils midfielder has been heavily linked with the Latics post ever since their former boss jumped ship for Barnsley last week. However, the League One club's chief is realistic enough to know that his prospective appointment remains doubtful.

With over 70 applicants sounding out their interest in the role, Corney is not short on options as he continues to run the rule over a replacement head coach, but also confessed that the opportunity to install Scholes would be too good to turn down.

"I'd love to have him on board, [but] it's difficult," he was quoted saying in an interview with BBC Radio Manchester. "You have to ask 'would Oldham be the right club for somebody like Paul?'

"It's not just about us wanting Paul, it's 'would it be the right thing for him?' I think one day he will come and manage the club, but it's all about timing with him."

The 40-year-old has embarked on some coaching since hanging up his boots, spending some time working with various age groups of the Red Devils youth team.

Scholes also formed part of Ryan Giggs' backroom staff alongside former team-mates Phil Neville and Nicky Butt during the Welshman's interim spell in charge of the Old Trafford first-team last season.

However, it remains to be seen whether the former England international would seriously consider a swift move into full-time management, even if it's with the club he supported as a boy.


"We speak on a regular basis and Paul regularly comes down and does training sessions with head of youth Tony Philliskirk," added Corney. "He's a friend of the club, we know what Paul's all about - he's very low key.

"He turns up at the games and never sits in the directors' box, he sits there with his two lads with his flat cap down and you wouldn't even know he was there."

Since calling time on his illustrious Manchester United career, Scholes has been regularly spotted cheering on Oldham as a fan from the stands, but has also busied himself with a mixture of TV appearances and punditry work whilst also offering further insight in the form of frequent newspaper columns with a number of different publications.

His only other notable coaching role came when the Red Devils favourite took temporary charge of non-league Salford City earlier this year after manager Phil Power's departure.

Scholes actually owns a 50 per cent share in the club alongside Giggs, Butt and both Neville brothers, who he obviously played alongside at the Theatre of Dreams after coming through the same youth team.

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