Paul Scholes leaves Oldham after just 31 days

Paul Scholes has stepped down as Oldham manager after just 31 days in the job.

Former Manchester United midfielder, 44, became manager of the League Two side last month.

He won his first match at the helm of the club but subsequently drew three and lost three.

The former England midfielder said: ‘It is with great regret that I have decided to leave the club with immediate effect.

‘I hoped to at the very least, see out my initial term of 18 months as the manager of a club I’ve supported all my life.

‘The fans, players, my friends and family all knew how proud and excited I was to take this role.

‘In the short period since I took on the role it, unfortunately, became clear that I would not be able to operate as I intended and was led to believe prior to taking on the role.

‘I wish the fans, the players and the staff – who have been tremendous – all the best for the rest of the season and will continue to watch and support the club as a fan.’

Scholes was appointed as Oldham boss on a one-and-a-half-year deal on February 11.