PAUL Scholes has said it became clear that he "would not be able to operate as intended" during his time at Oldham.

The former Manchester United midfielder stepped down after just 31 days in charge of the club, recording one win in his seven games in charge.

He thanked the players, fans and staff for their support and wished the club the best for the remainder of the season.

"In the short period since I took on the role it unfortunately became clear I would not be able to operate as I intended and was led to believe prior to taking on the role," Scholes said in a statement.

Adding: “It is with great regret I have decided to leave with immediate effect.

“I hope to, at the very least, see out my initial term of 18-months as the manager.”

The 44-year-old was greeted with intrigue when he took up the role on February 11, with many onlookers hoping the legendary centre midfielder could help Oldham push for promotion.

However, a 4-1 win against Yeovil Town in his first game was followed by a run of mediocre results which ultimately leaves Oldham in the same position as they were when Scholes joined, 14th in the table and nine points from the play-off positions.

The club thanked Scholes for his efforts and said an announcement on a new boss would be made "as soon as possible".

Oldham face Tranmere Rovers at Boundary Park on Saturday.