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Scholes to inspire Oldham? Bookies react to Man Utd legend’s appointment

Leigh Copson 10 Feb 2019
Paul Scholes (credit: ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)

Paul Scholes has agreed to take his first steps into football management by taking charge of basement boys Oldham Athletic, but can he lead his boyhood club to promotion from League Two during the final few months of the campaign.


The Latics have been on the hunt for a new manager since sacking Frankie Bunn on December 27, but they have been made to wait to land Scholes because of the 44-year-old’s relationship with non-league side Salford City, where he holds a 10% stake.

That hurdle has now been cleared and Scholes will take charge of an Oldham team currently sat 14th in the League Two table, nine points off the final play-off place with a game-in-hand over all but one of the clubs directly above them.

So with 48 points still to play for the Latics are by no means out of the promotion race just yet, but can Scholes make a flying start to his managerial career by leading them on a late surge that secures promotion to League One at the end of the campaign?

The bookmakers have spoken and by offering odds of 10/1, they do not appear too convinced.

With three automatic promotion spots and one play-off place up for grabs, there are currently eight teams shorter than Oldham in the ‘Promotion’ betting market over at bet365.

The top three – Lincoln City, Mansfield Town and Bury – are all odds-on to seal promotion to the third tier this season, with MK Dons next up at 11/10 ahead of 9/4 Forest Green and 10/3 Colchester United.

Carlisle United are 11/4 to be promoted to League One in May, with 9/1 Exeter City the other team ahead of Oldham in the promotion betting as Scholes gets set to make his first appearance in the dug-out in midweek.

And while the bookies are not expecting promotion for Scholes and his side this season, they do believe he will at least make a winning debut when fourth-from-bottom Yeovil Town come to town on Tuesday night.

Oldham are 8/13 favourites in the match betting, with the relegation-threatened Glovers considered 9/2 underdogs. The draw has been priced up at 11/4.


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