Paul Scholes has fired a warning to any potential critics after taking over at Oldham Athletic.
The Manchester United legend worked as a television pundit after his retirement, regularly voicing his unfiltered opinions about managers and players alike.
Paul Scholes is the new manager of Oldham Athletic
And despite Thierry Henry and Gary Neville failing to transition from pundit to managers, Scholes has warned potential critics he will not care if they begin to dissent.
He told Dominic McGuinness: “I know we are in League Two so I know there won’t be pundits watching these games will there!
“I’m sure there will be people piping up with stuff saying ‘he shouldn’t be doing this or that’.
“And do you know what, I don’t care. It’s about what the owner thinks, it’s about what the fans think and what the players think.
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“I always thought when I was doing the punditry – and I probably still do – why do managers and players take notice of it?
“We’re just giving our opinion on a game and a performance and if people are critical of me I will handle it.
“I won’t have any problem with them, they can say what they want. Like I said, the only people I am interested in are the owners, my staff, the players and the fans.”
Having won 27 trophies and making more than 700 appearances whilst at Old Trafford, it’s fair to say Scholes demands respect.
The former Manchester United midfielder is an Oldham fan (pictured at an FA Cup game supporting the Latics)
And with the Latics lingering around mid-table in League Two, the 44-year-old knows he will need to use all his cunning and resources available.
With Zack Dearnley already on loan from United, the former England international has admitted he will need to use every contact he has in the game.
“It’s very mush case of me having to add a value, Scholes added. “We’re not a club that’s going to be spending half a million quid on players.
“We’re going to have to rely on local clubs. Like you say, my contacts.
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“And I want to gain the trust of those clubs to look after those players when they come here. United have sent Zak and he has got off to a flying start on Saturday; he definitely changed the game, scored a goal and it was great for him.
“And that’s what I want; I want to gain the trust. But, we have to play a certain way which will gain the trust of the big clubs.
“Hopefully I can do that.”