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English Football - Paul Scholes Back In Management

Appointed interim head coach of Salford City, the club he co-owns with Neville, Neville, Beckham, Butt and Giggs.

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Paul Scholes (right) watching Salford City on the first day of last season against Stevenage Borough.
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Paul Scholes is back in football as interim head coach of the club he co-owns with his former Manchester United colleagues.

The club, unbeaten this season in 5th place in England’s League Two (4th tier), fired manager Graham Alexander, Monday morning.

Scholes had a previous go at management, a brief spell at Oldham Athletic his boyhood club, last year. The former Manchester United midfielder walked after one win in seven matches claiming he wasn’t able to run team affairs as he’d like.

Scholes will be in charge at Salford while the club process their search for a permanent replacement.

His first game in charge will be this Saturday away to 10th placed Port Vale.

Scholes will be joined by Warren Joyce (currently self-isolating) a former Manchester United reserve team manger as his assistant. Joyce’s last full-time position was as manager at Melbourne City in Australia.

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A club statement read: “Salford City Football Club announces that manager Graham Alexander has left the club with immediate effect. The club met with Graham this morning and after discussion have agreed to part company.

“The club would like to thank Graham for his contribution and all his hard work. In his first season he guided the team to Wembley, resulting in promotion to League 2 and in his second season he reached the Trophy final.

“The club would like to wish him all the best and success in the future.

“First-team coach, Chris Lucketti, will also leave the club.

“Paul Scholes will act as the interim head coach while the club looks to secure a new manager. Warren Joyce, currently in isolation, will join Paul once he is able to.”

Joyce is the even money favourite with BetVictor to land the role full-time, although Scholes is listed as an 8/1 shot. Roy Keane, of course a former team-mate of the co-owners, is 7/2 second-favourite to land the job permanently.

Keane has not managed a league club since his time at Ipswich Town nine years ago. He has however consistently stated recently his intent to get back into management.

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