Sc­holes in talks with Old­ham

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Football - By James Ducker NORTH­ERN FOOT­BALL COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Paul Sc­holes has be­come the lat­est high-pro­file for­mer player to hold talks with Old­ham Ath­letic over their va­cant man­ager’s job.

The for­mer Manchester United and Eng­land mid­fielder, who is a life­long Old­ham fan and at­tends matches, was in­ter­viewed by the League One club yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Sc­holes turned down the chance to be­come man­ager in 2015 in the be­lief that the tim­ing was not right, but chair­man Si­mon Cor­ney has claimed pub­licly in the past that he be­lieves the 42-year-old will one day man­age the club.

Cor­ney and Sc­holes re­main in reg­u­lar con­tact and Sc­holes has held train­ing ses­sions with the club’s youth teams as he un­der­takes his Uefa coach­ing badges. He briefly worked with United’s un­der-19 team in 2013-14 and tem­po­rar­ily joined the club’s back­room staff when Ryan Giggs re­placed David Moyes as first-team man­ager on an in­terim ba­sis that sea­son.

Most of Sc­holes’s time at present is taken up as a me­dia pun­dit for BT Sport and as co-owner of non­league Sal­ford City.

Old­ham have been with­out a man­ager since the de­par­ture of John Sheridan on Sept 25 and have also held talks with Clarence See­dorf, the for­mer Real Madrid, AC Mi­lan and Ajax mid­fielder who won four Euro­pean Cups as a player.

He has had short-lived man­age­rial stints at Mi­lan and Shen­zhen FC in China.

Richie Wel­lens, an­other for­mer United mid­fielder, has im­pressed club of­fi­cials since be­ing placed in tem­po­rary charge fol­low­ing Sheridan’s exit with three suc­ces­sive wins, and could yet get the job on a per­ma­nent ba­sis.

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