Paul Scholes has vowed to use his Manchester United contacts as he takes his first steps into management with boyhood club Oldham Athletic.
The Old Trafford legend has signed an 18-month deal to take over at the League Two outfit and admitted that he would be calling his old employers for advice – and players.
‘I’ll be trying to do that,’ said Scholes, who is understood to have been instrumental in a move for young United starlet Zak Dearnley, who scored on his Oldham debut on Saturday.
Zac has come in and scored his first goal,’ he added. ‘You need contacts at this level all over the place. Not just Man United.
‘I’m close to (academy boss) Nicky Butt and the people at united, if they can help me I’m sure they will.’
Scholes, who has stepped down as a director at Salford City but who will retain his 10 per cent stake in the National League club, added he had received messages of support from his fellow owners and Class of 92 members.
‘They’ve just wished me good luck,’ he said. ‘They just want me to do well, like they are in the jobs they’re doing – we all want each other to do well.’
Scholes takes over at Oldham after being linked with the club he supported as a boy a number of times previously.
‘I just feel ready, really,’ he said. ‘There’s been times in the past where it’s been an option but it didn’t feel right. I wanted my full coaching badges which I’ve got now.’
During a delay to his appointment, caused by the EFL investigating whether his role at Salford constituted a conflict of interest, Scholes, who won 20 major trophies with United, has been a keen spectator.
Oldham are currently 14th, nine points from the play-off places and 14 points away from the relegation zone.
They face Yeovil Town at Boundary Park on Tuesday night. ‘I’ve watched the team closely,’ Scholes said.
‘I think they’re a good team, good players, it should be pushing for promotion. It might be out of reach this season but certainly next season.’
Scholes said he wanted to entertain Oldham’s fans with his brand of football: ‘I want my team to be aggressive and focused on winning first and foremost. I know it’s not going to happen every week, but I go into every game expecting to win.