Mid-table Oldham Athletic have been cut from 16/1 to 10/1 at Betfred for promotion to League One after the 3-0 win at Crawley, and confirmation that their most famous fan Salford-born Paul Scholes is to be the club’s new manager.

The Manchester United and England legend played his junior football in the shadow of Boundary Park and still lives locally in Saddleworth.

Scholes has previously spoken to the Latics about taking the reins, but the matter was complicated by his involvement with Salford City, who could be in the same league as Oldham next season.

Scholes, who co-owns Salford alongside Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, David Beckham and businessman Peter Lim, has previously spoken of his desire to go into management one day.

His only professional involvement in football since he retired back in 2013 has been his the four games he spent as part of Ryan Giggs’ backroom staff, when the Welshman took charge at Manchester United after the dismissal of David Moyes.

He now takes his first steps into management in the EFL with the club he has followed since he was a boy. The former United midfielder has signed a one-and-a-half-year-deal with the club.

Speaking about the appointment, owner Abdallah Lemsagam said: “Paul has won everything there is to win in football.

“He is a man who will bring a lot of footballing knowledge and his hunger to succeed in management will be there for everyone to see.

“It’s no secret how much he has wanted this job in the past and how much he loves this club, so I’m very happy to bring him into our family at Oldham Athletic.”

Scholes’ first match in charge of Oldham could come against Yeovil Town, where the Latics are 4/6 to take all three points. They currently sit nine points off the play-offs, and they have 16 games left to play.

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