Scholes resigned by TEXT and ‘refused to discuss’ why he quit, claims Oldham owner
THE owner of Oldham Athletic has hit back at Paul Scholes' claims he interfered with team selection - and revealed the Manchester United legend quit as manager by text.
Scholes decided to resign as boss of the team he supported as a boy on Wedneday, just 31 days after taking charge in his first managerial role.
It has been claimed that Scholes was unable to work with the freedom he expected and had been promised, amid suggestions owner Abdallah Lemsagam was trying to interfere too much.
But Lemsagam hit back in a strong statement to the League two club's supporters which insisted he had kept all promises made to ex-England star Scholes.
The statement said: "I am disappointed by Paul’s decision to resign and surprised by the reasons he has given in his statement.
"Both myself and the staff at the club gave Paul all the support and autonomy that he asked for.
"I personally was always supportive of any decisions Paul made or consulted me on reassuring him that he was the man in charge.
"I continued to encourage him despite the results and reassured him that his job was secure. I was content to remain in League Two for this season and working with the team we have for the remainder of this season is important.
"Paul and I both agreed that there is potential but I reassured him that he had my full backing to rebuild the team of his choice next season.
"He did not raise any concerns at all about the team or any other matters informally or formally, prior to his resignation. He gave no opportunity or indications that he needed to address any issues at all.