Scholes plans to use his Man Utd links to gain advantage at Oldham by drafting in academy players from pal Nicky Butt

PAUL SCHOLES hopes his strong links with Manchester United will help him as he launches his managerial career.

The Old Trafford legend has taken charge of his hometown club Oldham Athletic and must try to lift them out of the League Two doldrums.

Scholes plans to use his Man Utd links to gain advantage at Oldham by drafting in academy players from pal Nicky ButtPA:Press Association3 Paul Scholes has been named the new manager of Oldham Athletic

Scholes spent his whole playing career at United and remains close to his fellow Class of 92 member Nicky Butt – who is academy boss at Carrington.

Asked if he will be looking for a helping hand, he said: "I'll be trying to do that. Zac Dearnley has come in and scored his first goal.

"You need contacts at this level all over the place, not just United – but I'm close to Nicky and the people at United, if they can help me I'm sure they will."

Scholes has had to stand down as a director at Salford City so he waves goodbye to the Neville brothers, Butt, Giggs and David Beckham.

Scholes plans to use his Man Utd links to gain advantage at Oldham by drafting in academy players from pal Nicky ButtPA:Empics Sport3 Scholes hopes to lure some youth talent from his old team mate, United development coach Nicky Butt
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He said: "They just wished me good luck, they just want me to do well, like in the jobs they're doing. Phil, Ryan, Gary, we all want each other to do well."

Scholes lives 15 minutes from Boundary Park and is excited by the prospect of bringing the good times back.

He said: "I've a lot of passion for this town.  It's been 20 or 30 years since any excitement here.

Scholes plans to use his Man Utd links to gain advantage at Oldham by drafting in academy players from pal Nicky ButtPA:Press Association3 Scholes spoke to the media at Boundary Park after his appointment

"Other managers have tried to get a lift, but it's been difficult. I want to change that and I hope I can.

"Getting back to the Premier League is not my target at the moment, it's to beat Yeovil.

"It will be difficiult to get there again but you have to have that ambition. The town was brilliant then, full crowds, great cup runs, we want those times again but (there’s) a long way to go."

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