March 14 (Reuters) - Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has resigned as Oldham Athletic manager “with great regret” after only 31 days in charge, he said on Thursday.
Scholes, a lifelong Oldham fan, won one of his seven games as manager of the English League Two (fourth-tier) club who are 14th in the standings.
“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,” Scholes, 44, 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.
“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.”
Scholes, who spent his entire playing career at United and played 66 times for England, won 11 Premier League titles, three FA Cups and two Champions League crowns before retiring in 2013.
Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond