OLDHAM Athletic have put their faith in Pete Wild, who has been named as head coach until the end of the season.

The local lad, a highly popular figure among the Latics fans, takes over following the surprise resignation of Paul Scholes.

It will be his second interim stint of the season, following his eight-game spell at the turn of the year that brought four wins and a draw, one of those victories being the memorable FA Cup shock at Fulham.

And the club have announced Wild, who returned to his role as youth development coach after Scholes’ appointment in February, will be the man at the helm as Oldham look to finish the League Two season strongly.

“I’m looking forward to working with the players again and hopefully finishing on a positive note,” said Wild following his re-appointment being announced.

“I know this team has quality and hopefully the fans will see the best of these players from now until the end of the season.”

Wild’s first match back in charge is Saturday’s hosting of Grimsby Town, in which he will aim to bring Latics their first victory since Scholes’ first game in charge, when he got off to a winning start at the expense of struggling Yeovil.

Meanwhile, Oldham owner Abdallah Lemsagam has denied claims his interfering in team selections was a crucial factor in Scholes resigning after just 31 days in the job.

The ex-Manchester United and England star quit by text message and a statement released that day said: “It unfortunately became clear I would not be able to operate as I intended and was led to believe.”

However, the chairman insists he was visiting family in Dubai for the majority of Scholes’ tenure and that he only spoke to Scholes once, about a player they had agreed to let go.

“I am looking at this with my lawyer because I am not going to let someone write lies about the club,” he added.

n Oldham’s George Edmundson has been named in the League Two team of the season.

The centre-back, who has not missed a minute of any of Latics’ 46 games this season, scoring once, was named in the side voted for by the EFL’s 72 club managers.