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Scholes reveals why he quit as Oldham boss after just 31 days

Paul Scholes has revealed the reason he quit as manager of Oldham Athletic after just 31 days in charge.

The former Manchester United midfielder took over his boyhood club in his first managerial position in February, but resigned as manager just over five weeks later.

Scholes says internal politics were the reason behind his brief tenure, with the 44-year-old unwilling to be dictated to regarding the likes of team selection.

“I had heard loads of stories about interference and stuff,” he told BT Sport.

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“The first three weeks there was little bits. Not so much ‘leave him out, he can’t play, don’t play him, play the player I said’. There was nothing like that in the first three weeks.

“There were subtle hints, yeah of course, but I’m not stupid enough to not realise what they are trying to do. In the last week there was a couple of issues with a couple of players. Experienced pros that I felt didn’t deserve to be treated the way the club wanted to treat them.

“I didn’t need the hassle of that. I really like the players, really respected them and would have done anything for them. But once I get told ‘don’t play him’, that’s when it is time for me to go…

“That only happened once, but that was the end of it. There were subtle hints along the way, but that was the end of it.”