Paul Scholes has declared that he is ready for his new managerial job at Oldham Athletic.
Scholes, 44, will take charge of his boyhood club that sits 14th in the fourth tier, nine points off the play-off places. Despite the daunting task ahead of him, the former Manchester United midfielder pointed out that the team has got great players whom he envisions to help the club in the current season and avoid relegation eventually.
"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 told reporters as he was being unveiled.
Climbing the ladder
Scholes was 19-years when the club last played in the Premier League and the dream of helping them climb up the ladder remains tight for him.
"That is a long way away. 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." he said.
He also said that he will maintain contact with his former teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who now manages former club Man United as he seeks advice on managerial challenges.
"That is what I am going to try to do. 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." Scholes admitted.