Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has been confirmed as the new manager of League Two club Oldham Athletic.
The 44-year-old was strongly linked with the role last week and has been cleared to take up his first managerial role after the English Football League decided his 10 percent stake in fifth-tier Salford City would not represent a conflict of interest.
Scholes, a lifelong Oldham fan who spent his entire playing career at United, won 11 Premier League titles, three FA Cups and two Champions League crowns before hanging up his boots in 2013.
“Paul has won everything there is to win in football,” Oldham owner Abdallah Lemsagam said in a statement.
“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.”
Salford City said Scholes would resign as a club director, but will retain his shareholding alongside former United team mates Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, David Beckham and businessman Peter Lim.
“Although Paul was never operational in Salford City he will resign as a director of the football club, allowing him to focus completely on his new role at Oldham,” the National League club said in a statement.
“From the start we have always said that each of the ‘Class of 92’ would offer different levels of commitment dependant on their individual roles.”