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Paul Scholes always tells it as it is and he could not have been clearer as he sat in the hospitality lounge overlooking Boundary Park on the day of his appointment.

I had asked him if he was concerned about interference from owner Abdallah Lemsagam in team affairs.

“He won’t be picking the team,” he replied. “Myself and the coaching staff will be picking the team, so I think we are quite clear on that.”

Except that Lemsagam was not clear on that and the Moroccan football agent could not resist dabbling in team affairs.

Lemsagam oversees Oldham’s signings and had a big say in team selection and tactics under Scholes’ predecessor, caretaker boss Peter Wild.

Paul Scholes and owner Abdallah Lemsagam (Image: Action Images via Reuters) Read More

This was unacceptable for Scholes, who knew such interference completely undermined his position as manager, and he quit on Thursday afternoon after just 31 days and seven games in charge.

Those who have watched Oldham since Lemsagam took over 14 months ago are not surprised and the warning signs were there.

Yet Scholes still let his heart rule his head when he accepted Lemsagam’s offer to become manager of his boyhood club.

The emotional draw was evident at Scholes’ unveiling last month when he reminisced about standing on the ‘Chaddy End’ with his dad.

Scholes on the touchline (Image: Anthony Devlin/PA Images Contrib) Read More

Several of his family still watch games at Boundary Park

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