Paul Scholes named Oldham manager

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With Manchester United he won 25 trophies including the Premier League title eleven times, three FA Cups, two League cups and the Champions League twice.

Former England midfielder Scholes, who spent his entire career at Old Trafford, has signed a one-and-half-year deal with the League Two club.

Scholes lives nearby and Oldham is his father's club, and that held great sway in persuading him to take his first leap into management.

The Latics, a former club of Bafana Bafana midfielder Dean Furman, are now 14th in the fourth tier of English football.

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"It's always been a club fighting relegation as much as other managers have tried to lift it, it's been hard and I'm like every manager who's been here in that time, I want to try and change it".

Manchester United wished Scholes luck, saying in a message on Twitter: "Best of luck to Scholesy in his new role as first-team manager of @OfficialOAFC!"

Scholes has a 10% stake in Salford City Football Club, which is co-owned by a number of United legends, and though Salford are not playing in the same league at the moment, it was a genuine problem. However, following a meeting of the English Football League, the move has been given the go-ahead. "It's been a while". He made a big difference in the game so I was really pleased with him as a young player. I know it wasn't what he thought he was going to do when he was a player, but you know that drug with football, when you don't get it.

Scholes, 44, who has appointed former Oldham coach Mick Priest as his No 2, turned the Latics down before, but says he felt the time was right now.

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