Oldham Athletic owner Abdallah Lemsagam has released a statement in response to Paul Scholes’ resignation as manager.
The former Manchester United midfielder left his post earlier this week after just seven games in charge with the claim: “It became clear that I would not be able to operate as I intended and was led to believe prior to taking on the role.”
Why has Scholes left Oldham? Five key things to know…
- Paul Scholes took charge of boyhood club Oldham Athletic on February 11.
- The former Manchester United midfielder oversaw seven games, winning just once.
- The ex-Man Utd man insisted he wasn’t able to operate at the club as initially intended.
- However, Oldham owner Abdallah Lemsagam insists the club gave him all the support he asked for.
- His official statement also reveals Scholes resigned via a text message.
But Lemsagam has hit back at those claims, insisting he and the club ‘gave Scholes all the support and autonomy he asked for’ as well as revealing he resigned by text.
“I am disappointed by Paul’s decision to resign and surprised by the reasons he has given in his statement,” Lemsagam said in a statement released on Oldham’s official website.
“Both myself and the staff at the club gave Paul all the support and autonomy that he asked for. I personally was always supportive of any decisions Paul made or consulted me on reassuring him that he was the man in charge.
“I continued to encourage him despite the results and reassured him that his job was secure. I was content to remain in League Two for this season and working with the team we have for the remainder of this season is important.
“Paul and I both agreed that there is potential but I reassured him that he had my full backing to rebuild the team of his choice next season. He did not raise any concerns at all about the team or any other matters informally or formally, prior to his resignation. He gave no opportunity or indications that he needed to address any issues at all.”
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Lemsagam then went on to reveal Scholes handed in his resignation via text, with the Latics owner left surprised by the nature of the news.
He added: “I have been in Dubai over the last couple of weeks and actually at ease knowing that he was in charge. I was very surprised as he simply resigned by text on Wednesday afternoon and has refused to discuss matters that influenced him to make his decision.
“Management is a difficult job and both myself and everyone at the club would have worked with Paul to find solutions, had we been given the chance. I personally believed that he would be the manager to take us forward this season and next and I know many of you felt the same.
“As a club we wish him well again and thank him for his contribution.
“I have commenced working on the appointment of a new manager. Rest assured that since the news of Paul’s resignation I have had many offers that I will consider very carefully before making a decision.
“Paul’s assistant manager, Mick Priest is still working with the team and is happy to continue at the club.
“In the meantime, I do ask that you continue to support our club and the players as you have always done.”
Solskjaer: Scholes is invited here
Following his resignation, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed he’s messaged Scholes and invited him to Manchester to ‘chat’ about what happened.
“He’s invited here if he wants to come and have a little chat about it,” said Solskjær, who was part of Man Utd’s treble-winning side of 1999. “We’ve texted. It didn’t work out – that’s just management.”
Scholes left Oldham after a run of just one win in seven games with the club sat 14th in League Two.