Scholes expecting Mourinho criticism after taking Oldham job

Former Manchester United midfielder, Paul Scholes, has admitted he expects Jose Mourinho to take a strong interest, as he goes into football management.

Scholes was on Monday named the new Oldham manager, leaving punditry to sign an 18-month contract with the Latics.

During his time as an analyst, he was one of Mourinho’s fiercest critics during his tenure at Old Trafford.

Scholes has now taken charge at his boyhood club in League Two and despite admitting he has left himself “wide open” to scrutiny, is not daunted by what might be said about him.

“I think he will be watching results,” Scholes said when asked about Mourinho.

“Whether he will be watching the games I am not too sure.”

He added: “That is part of the thing that bugged me a little bit. I wanted to get into it (management) anyway but I have left myself wide open. I have been quite critical.

“I don’t think we will get many pundits watching – [although] if we are losing games I am sure people will be popping up – can say what they want.

“I have never really understood why players and managers take notice of what pundits say anyway. They are just giving an opinion on the game and get paid for doing so.

“If anyone wants to have a dig at me, I won’t be taking any notice. The only person I answer to is the owner.”
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