Paul Scholes has become the latest member of the Sir Alex Ferguson club to be granted access to the managerial arena after he was named as the new boss of boyhood club Oldham Athletic.
Scholes subsequently follows in the footsteps of former teammates Ryan Giggs, Phil Neville, Gary Neville, and Roy Keane who have either previously/or-are-currently dabbling in the chaotic world of football management.
Scholes, who signed an 18-month contract, takes charge of an Oldham side placed 14th in League Two, nine points adrift of the play-offs, and a seemingly comfortable 14 points above the relegation spots.
It will be interesting to see how the former Man Utd midfielder fares in the dugout, and many in the football sphere will no doubt take a keen interest on his first foray as a manager.
One of whom could be a certain Jose Mourinho, who Scholes - then working as a TV pundit - frequently criticised during the former’s time in charge of the Red Devils, which came to an end in December.
Scholes, upon his unveiling at Oldham on Monday, was inevitably asked how he’d react to any potential future comments from pundits including Mourinho, who yesterday revealed he’d be returning to football in a new role.
“I think he’ll (Mourinho) be watching results, whether he’ll be watching the games I’m not too sure,” said Scholes in quotes via The Mirror.
“I’ve left myself wide open because I have been quite critical.
“The pundits can say what they want, I have never really understood why players and managers take notice of what pundits say anyway.
“They’re just giving an opinion on the game and get paid for doing so. If anyone wants to have a pop at me, I won’t take any notice. The only person I answer to is the owner.”
Scholes takes charge of Oldham for the first time tonight when they host struggling Yeovil, a side that have lost their last four games on the spin.