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Scholes: I'm not ready to be a manager yet

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Scholes rejects offer to manage Oldham
Scholes rejects offer to manage Oldham

Paul Scholes will not be taking over as manager of Oldham Athletic, but he has confirmed that he would relish the chance to move into management in the future.

The former England and Manchester United midfielder was tipped to take on his first managerial post with his boyhood club after Lee Johnson left Latics to move to League One rivals Barnsley last week.

Oldham chairman Simon Corney is a friend of Scholes, who still goes to watch some of the club's games, and he had hoped to audaciously tempt the 40-year-old to take charge of the team, but he confirmed in his column in The Independent that this time is not right for him to make the move.

"It was an offer that really tempted me," confirmed Scholes.

"Even as I watched them in the Port Vale game on Tuesday, having made my decision not to take the job, there was part of me that wished I was in the dug-out.

"I will be a manager one day. I have come to see that over the last eight months, although I know that I first said that I did not see my future in coaching.

"One day I believe that I will manage Oldham, the club that my dad supports and who are very close to my heart.

"They are a really good family club who mean a great deal to a lot of people - myself included. I just did not feel this was the right time.

"When I go into management, I want to do so with 100 per cent commitment. At the moment I have a lot of responsibilities and things going on in my life that I cannot simply drop immediately.

"Most importantly I have a young family who need their dad around, having been away a lot during my playing career.

"There was no way, for example, I would ever have tried to combine a coaching job with my work on television.

"Managing a club like Oldham has to be an all-absorbing, seven days a week commitment. That is how Lee made such a success of it. One day I will be ready to do that. This was the right job, just at the wrong time."

Scholes is currently forging a successful career as an outspoken TV pundit, but it seems as if his future may well lie on the touchline as a high profile manager.