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News24 – Angry Oldham fans plan protest over shock departure of Scholes

October 24, 2019

Disgruntled Oldham fans are planning to protest against owner Abdallah Lemsagam in the wake of Paul Scholes’s departure at Saturday’s match with Tranmere Rovers Proposals have been drawn up which will see a march to Boundary Park along with disruption to the League Two clash followed by a mass walk-out and further protest outside the ground after the final whistle The event, named Stand up for Latics, comes amid serious concerns over the running of the club following Scholes’s hasty exit Season at a glance Live tables Fixtures Scores League Two Premier League Championship League One League Two Scottish Premiership Scottish Div 1 Scottish Div 2 Scottish Div 3 Ligue 1 Serie A La Liga Bundesliga More tables More fixtures More scores In a statement released on Friday Lemsagam claimed Scholes ended his 31-day reign by text message and rejected claims of interference in team matters Scholes stepped down as manager of Oldham, who he has supported for all of his life, on Thursday  He released a damning statement which suggested that promises made before he took the job had not been kept  The Manchester United legend did have a clause in his contract which stipulated he would be left in control the first team ‘In the short period since I took on the role,’ he said, ‘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’ As reported by Sportsmail, Scholes was also plagued by a number of shambolic off-the-field matters during his short stint, which produced one win from seven matches However, Lemsagam, a Dubai-based former agent who employs his brother as sporting director, refuted allegations of meddling, claiming he was surprised by Scholes’s resignation ‘Both myself and the staff at the club gave Paul all the support and autonomy that he asked for,’ he said ‘I personally was always supportive of any decisions Paul made or consulted me on reassuring him that he was the man in charge ‘I continued to encourage him despite the results and reassured him that his job was secure I was content to remain in League Two for this season and working with the team we have for the remainder of this season is important I have been in Dubai over the last couple of weeks and actually at ease knowing that he was in charge I was very surprised as he simply resigned by text on Wednesday afternoon and has refused to discuss matters that influenced him to make his decision ‘ Oldham, founder members of the Premier League, were taken over by Lemsagam at the start of last year They were relegated from League One last season and Scholes’s replacement will be their fourth manager of this campaign They currently lie in 14th place, nine points from the play-offs and 16 from the relegation zone  

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