New Oldham manager Paul Scholes says he will try to use his links with Manchester United to the club’s advantage, as they dream of a return to the top tiers of English football.
The former United midfielder officially took over at the League Two side on Monday , signing on an 18-month contract.It is Scholes’ first full-time management role and he admits he will seek help from his old United team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“That is what I am going to try to do,” Scholes said. “Of course you need to have contacts at this level all over the place.
“I have various people I can get in contact with, not just at Manchester United.
“Of course I am close to the people at United so if they can help me then I am sure they will.”
Oldham currently sit 14th in the fourth tier, nine points off the play-off places, and Scholes is hoping he can guide them back to League One by the end of next season.
When asked why he had chosen now to take the job, Scholes said: “I feel ready. There have been past when there had been options but now the time is right. I have watched the team closely and they have got some really good players.
“This is a squad that should be pushing for promotion. That might be out of reach for this season but certainly not for next season.
“I would not be here if I didn’t feel excited by the team. I have watched football at all levels and the basics apply to any level that you are at.
“I have prepared for the past two or three weeks watching games as much as I can. There is a team here capable of doing really well so that is why I decided to come.”
Scholes – a boyhood Oldham supporter – was 19-years-old when the club last played in the Premier League, but says they must retain the ambition of moving back up the football ladder.
“That is a long way away,” said the 44-year-old. “It would be very difficult to get to those levels again but you have to have that ambition.
“The town is brilliant, it is a great place to be. We want those times back again of course we do but there is a long way to go.
“I have a lot of passion for this town. I live in the area, just 15 minutes away.
“I know it has been 20 or 30 years since there has been excitement at the club and it has always been a club fighting relegation.
“I am like every other manager who has been here and I want to try and change things.”
Scholes’ Latics reign begins with three home games in League Two – against Yeovil.
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Manchester United have tabled a £17 million-a-year deal, in a bid to lure Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus this summer, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
The transfer could see Paul Pogba also return to Juventus.
Ronaldo’s future is likely to be one of the biggest sagas of the summer window.
It is understood the Portugal captain is eager to leave Italy, but Paris Saint-Germain is his preferred destination.
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But with no deal offered yet from the Ligue 1 giants, Manchester United is said to have swooped with a tempting offer for their former player.
The Red Devils are willing to pay Ronaldo £17m a year to bring him back to Old Trafford. And with Pogba’s situation at the club unclear, he could be used as a makeweight in the deal.
Sporting Lisbon and Real Madrid are also being talked about as potential destinations for Ronaldo, but the finances could be an issue with a number of big clubs cash-strapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mbappe vs Giroud: Pogba clears air on ‘rift’ between France teammates
France midfielder, Paul Pogba, has cleared the air on a ‘rift’ between teammates, Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud.
Recall that Mbappe felt ‘attacked’ and ‘angry’ following Giroud’s comments that he was unhappy with France’s lack of cohesion in attack after Didier Deschamps’s side defeated Bulgaria 3-0 in their final Euro 2020 warm-up game on Tuesday evening.
Reacting to the development, Pogba insisted that there is a ‘great atmosphere’ in the French camp ahead of their Euro 2020 campaign.
Asked whether there has been any tension or rift between Giroud and Mbappe, Pogba told a pre-match press conference ahead of the Euro 2020 campaign: “No, the only tension is on the back and legs!
“There is always a great atmosphere with everyone. Between Olivier and Kylian, there is nothing. Or at least there has been nothing in front of me.
“Maybe what was said was conveyed incorrectly,” he added.
France kicks off their Euro 2020 campaign against Germany next Tuesday.
The World Cup champions will also face Portugal and Hungary in Group F.
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Ferdinand, Shearer, Lineker predict Euro 2020 winner
Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Gary Lineker have all predicted that France will win Euro 2020.
The French will expect to add a continental triumph to their World Cup success.
Dider Deschamps’ team conquered the world in Russia three years ago, with the squad still boasting of Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and N’Golo Kante.
Karim Benzema has also returned from a five-year exile to add more strength to the already deadly attack.
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“France to win it. They have got talent all over the pitch,” Shearer told the BBC.
Ferdinand added: “France have got the most depth and the most talent, that is why they are my favourites.”
Lineker however believes defending champions Portugal could yet retain their crown, but has still backed Les Bleus.
“It’s hard to look beyond France – they were losing finalists five years ago, they won the World Cup three years ago and now they have Karim Benzema too.
“They will be improved and they have brilliant young players too. They have to be favourites.
“Portugal are not exactly an outsider because they won the thing four years ago but they have a very good team and they will have a chance,” he said.
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