Paul Scholes has resigned at Oldham Athletic after just four weeks in charge.
Sportsmail can reveal the former Manchester United midfielder told the Latics of his decision on Thursday afternoon.
One of the stipulations of Scholes taking over at his boyhood club was no first-team interference from Abdallah Lemsagam.
Paul Scholes has resigned at Oldham Athletic after just four weeks in charge of the club
One of the stipulations of Scholes taking over was no interference from Abdallah Lemsagam
12/02: Yeovil Town (h) W 4-1
16/02: Crewe (h) D 1-1
19/02: Morecambe (h) L 1-2
23/02: Bury (a) L 1-3
02/03: Stevenage (h) D 1-1
09/03: Cambridge (a) D 1-1
12/03: Lincoln City (a) L 0-2
P: 7 W: 1 D: 3 L: 3
But he has decided to call time on the job after just seven matches in charge, with Oldham, 14th in League Two.
‘It is with great regret that I have decided to leave the club with immediate effect,’ Scholes said in a statement.
‘I hoped to at the very least, see out my initial term of 18 months as the manager of a club I’ve supported all my life.
‘The fans, players, my friends and family all knew how proud and excited I was to take this role.
‘In the short period since I took on the role it unfortunately became clear that I would not be able to operate as I intended and was led to believe prior to taking on the role.
‘I wish the fans, the players and the staff – who have been tremendous – all the best for the rest of the season and will continue to watch and support the club as a fan.’
When Scholes was appointed on February 11, he insisted that he was looking forward to working at his new club.
Scholes said: ‘I would not be here if I didn’t feel excited by the team. I have watched football at all levels and the basics apply to any level that you are at.
‘I have prepared for the past two or three weeks watching games as much as I can. There is a team here capable of doing really well so that is why I decided to come.
Scholes was appointed as Oldham boss on February 11 in his first full-time managerial job
Sportsmail can reveal the former Manchester United midfielder told the Latics on Thursday
‘I feel ready. There have been past when there had been options but now the time is right. I have watched the team closely and they have got some really good players.
‘This is a squad that should be pushing for promotion. That might be out of reach for this season but certainly not for next season.’
Scholes has followed in the footsteps of his fellow Class of 92 members in struggling to succeed in their managerial endeavours.
Gary Neville was sacked after less than fourth months in charge of La Liga side Valencia in 2016.
Scholes, like some of his Class of 92 colleagues, was unsuccessful in his first managerial job
Scholes’ former Manchester United team-mate Gary Neville was sacked by Valencia in 2016
Nicky Butt has been the head of the Manchester United academy since 2016 and he oversaw the U23 side’s relegation last season.
Ryan Giggs has been more successful, after a spell as an assistant manager at Manchester United he is now the Wales national team boss.
Phil Neville was the assistant manager at Valencia and landed the England Women’s job in January 2018.
David Beckham is yet to test himself as a manager as he focuses on the MLS club he owns Inter Miami.
Scholes often criticised Jose Mourinho when the latter was Manchester United manager and now social media believe the Portuguese boss will be having the laugh last.
Scholes leaves Oldham in 14th place in League Two after handing in his resignation
When Scholes was appointed on February 11, he insisted that he was looking forward to the job