Sunday 18 August 2019

Scholes: I'll tap into Reds

New Oldham manager Paul Scholes
New Oldham manager Paul Scholes

New Oldham boss Paul Scholes hopes to tap into former club Manchester United to give his first foray into management a boost.

The 44-year-old has taken the job with his hometown club and been given a one-and-a-half-year contract.

He believes the current squad is good enough to achieve what he wants but it will not stop him using contacts from his playing days at Old Trafford for the odd helping hand.

The Latics - currently 14th in Sky Bet League Two - have Zak Dearnley on loan from United's academy and the 20-year-old scored on his debut at the weekend. Asked if he would be using his contacts, Scholes said: "I'll be trying to do that.

"Zak has come in and scored his first goal on Saturday. He made a big difference so I was really pleased with him as a young player.

"You need contacts at this level all over the place, I have a few - not just Man United. I'm close to Nicky (Butt, United's head of academy) and the people at United, if they can help me I'm sure they will."

Scholes also has close ties with Salford City along with his fellow 'Class of 92' members Gary and Phil Neville, Butt, David Beckham and Ryan Giggs.

He did not take any advice from them before accepting the Oldham job, although his move had to first be ratified by the English Football League because of his ownership stake in Salford.

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