Paul Scholes odds backed for next Oldham manager
FootyOn look at five great players’ first jobs in coaching as Paul Scholes odds head the next Oldham manager betting.
Manchester United and England legend Scholes has been interviewed for the vacant position as boss of boyhood club Oldham Athletic.
He is not the only great modern era midfielder linked with the Boundary Park hotseat either.
Multiple Champions League winner and Dutch great Clarence Seedorf has also been mentioned in connection with the role, though has since distanced himself from it.
The Latics have won all three matches under caretaker Richie Wellens (6/4 with BetVictor to be appointed permanently) since John Sheridan departed by mutual consent.
Scholes odds head the next Oldham manager betting, however, at 4/5, while former AC Milan manager Seedorf is now a 20/1 outsider to take over.
That got us thinking about other great players’ first jobs in coaching. Here are five other low-key beginnings to managerial careers…
Glenn Hoddle (Swindon Town)
As the most technically gifted footballer of his generation, current ITV commentator Hoddle became player-manager of Swindon Town in 1991.
He got them up into the Premier League, scoring in the old Division 1 play-off final, but then left to coach Chelsea.
Hoddle went on manage England – where controversial comments cost him his job – Southampton, former club Tottenham and Wolves.
Edgar Davids (Barnet)
Should Seedorf become next Oldham manager, then he can’t be the first modern era Netherlands legend to have coached in the lower leagues of English football.
That honour goes to Davids, who was named player-boss of League Two team Barnet in 2012.
This combative player couldn’t save the Bees from being relegated to the Conference, but stayed on until resigning in January 2014 after being sent off three times in the first eight games he played in non-league.
Tony Adams (Wycombe Wanderers)
Next up among great players’ first jobs in coaching is Arsenal legend Adams.
This great Gunners defender had just over a calendar year in charge of Wycombe, but the Chairboys dropped into League Two for the 2004/05 season.
Adams resigned, but went to have spells in charge of Portsmouth, Azerbaijan outfit Gabala and most recently took Granada down from La Liga.
Gianfranco Zola (West Ham United)
Underappreciated by Italy who had a wealth of number 10s at the time, Zola is beloved by Chelsea fans.
Having won Serie A with Napoli and the old UEFA Cup at Parma, he then became a cult hero at Stamford Bridge, yet his managerial career started across London with West Ham.
The Hammers pulled off a great escape under predecessor Alan Curbishley and, although he got them playing with flair in ‘the West Ham way’, their fortunes proved no different under Zola.
Having just kept them up, he was axed from Upton Park in favour of Avram Grant at the end of the 2009/10 campaign.
Zola has since coached Italy’s Under-16 side, Watford, boyhood club Cagliari in his native Sardinia, Al-Arabi in the Middle East and Birmingham City all without success.
Paul Ince (Macclesfield Town)
Cheshire club Macclesfield had ‘the Guvnor’ as their player-boss in 2006/07, and Ince saved them from relegation out of the Football League on the final day of the season.
Those heroics at the wrong end of the table piqued MK Dons’ interest and he then got them out of League Two, also lifting the Football League Trophy.
Ince then found the jump to Premier League management came too soon with Blackburn Rovers and returned to the Dons before a spell with Notts County and he then coached son Tom at Blackpool.
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