Paul Scholes makes his debut in the dugout as Oldham host Yeovil

Paul Scholes makes his debut in the dugout as new Oldham boss faces Yeovil Town in League Two clash

  • Former Manchester United midfielder took charge for first time on Tuesday night
  • His Oldham side faced League Two strugglers Yeovil Town at Boundary Park
  • He was given a standing ovation from a healthier than usual home crowd 

Paul Scholes made his managerial debut on Tuesday night when he took charge of Oldham for the League Two fixture against Yeovil Town.

The former Manchester United and England midfielder, aged 44, was confirmed as the manager of the Latics on Monday.

Scholes took over a club 14th in the table, nine points off the play-offs and 14 points above the relegation zone.

Paul Scholes was given a standing ovation from a healthier than usual home crowd on Tuesday

Paul Scholes was given a standing ovation from a healthier than usual home crowd on Tuesday

While he may not have been a fan of his playing style, there appeared to be a nod to Jose Mourinho’s dress sense when Scholes emerged from the tunnel all in black with a long black jacket that looked like it had come straight from the Portuguese’s wardrobe.

The 44-year-old was given a standing ovation from a healthier than usual home crowd, who immediately launched into a chorus of ‘Paul Scholes’ blue and white army’.

He then proceeded to stand on the edge of his technical area for the opening exchanges, with his hands in his pockets.

The new Oldham boss was hoping to build on Saturday's 3-0 victory over Stevenage

The new Oldham boss was hoping to build on Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Stevenage

Oldham’s pre-match press conferences usually have an attendance of three – the club website, the local radio station and a student from a Manchester-based journalism course. 

On Monday, no fewer than 43 members of the press converged Boundary Park for Scholes’s unveiling. Such was the interest that the event was moved from the compact press room under the main stand to the comparative luxury of the fans’ match day bar, which is essentially a cabin on stilts.

Scholes, as he so often did in his playing career, took it all in his stride, although he did admit to a few sleepless hours as he geared up for this touchline debut.

It was more of the same in his first programme notes. Scholes opened by stating ‘I couldn’t think of a better club to begin my journey with’ before reverting to humble mode. ‘This isn’t about me,’ he added. ‘It’s about the players, the staff, the fans and everyone associated with Oldham Athletic.’

 

 

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