Man United legend Paul Scholes interviews for Oldham Athletic job: How Alex Ferguson's players have fared in management

Many players who played for Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United have gone on to become managers at various clubs, with mixed degrees of success. How will Paul Scholes fare?

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
11th October 2017

article:11th October 2017

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has been interviewed for the managerial vacancy at League One Oldham.

If he were to get the post, he’d become the latest in a long line of players to join the Sir Alex Ferguson coaching tree.


Many footballers who played under the Scot at United have gone on to take up managerial roles, with mixed success. Bryan Robson, Roy Keane, and Gary Neville are among the high-profile flops, although Keane is now enjoying a resurgence as Martin O’Neill’s assistant in the Republic of Ireland setup, and is expected to take over whenever O’Neill vacates the job.

It’s hard to determine any clear-cut success story, although Mark Hughes has impressed at times during his managerial career and Steve Bruce has often done well with weaker teams. There are high expectations of Reading’s Jaap Stam and Leicester City assistant Michael Appleton.

The wild-card is Ryan Giggs, who believes he has what it takes to be a successful manager and has reportedly turned down roles he felt were not good fits, but has also been passed over for other candidates for jobs which became available, such as Swansea City, according to reports.

Here’s a look at how selective graduates of Sir Alex Ferguson’s United have fared in management.


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Man United legend Paul Scholes interviews for Oldham Athletic job: How Alex Ferguson’s players have fared in management

Many players who played for Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United have gone on to become managers at various clubs, with mixed degrees of success. How will Paul Scholes fare?

Bryan Robson had ill-fated spells at Middlesbrough and West Brom.

Bryan Robson had ill-fated spells at Middlesbrough and West Brom.

Steve Bruce has earned four promotions in his managerial career.

Steve Bruce has earned four promotions in his managerial career.

Mark Hughes is arguably the most successful of Fergie's disciples.

Mark Hughes is arguably the most successful of Fergie's disciples.

How much longer will Gordon Strachan be Scotland boss?

How much longer will Gordon Strachan be Scotland boss?

Roy Keane could be Ireland's manager soon.

Roy Keane could be Ireland's manager soon.

Paul Ince was once a rising star, but failed in the Premier League.

Paul Ince was once a rising star, but failed in the Premier League.

Gary Neville failed spectacularly at Valencia.

Gary Neville failed spectacularly at Valencia.

Ryan Giggs was caretaker manager at United for four games.

Ryan Giggs was caretaker manager at United for four games.

Teddy Sheringham is now managing in India.

Teddy Sheringham is now managing in India.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was successful in Norway; not so much in Cardiff.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was successful in Norway; not so much in Cardiff.

Michael Appleton is a rising managerial star, currently a Leicester assistant.

Michael Appleton is a rising managerial star, currently a Leicester assistant.

Phil Neville was assistant to brother Gary at Valencia.

Phil Neville was assistant to brother Gary at Valencia.

Mark Robins is the current Coventry City manager.

Mark Robins is the current Coventry City manager.

Andrei Kanchelskis was sacked from his last job - in Russia's third tier.

Andrei Kanchelskis was sacked from his last job - in Russia's third tier.

Jaap Stam is spearheading Reading's promotion charge.

Jaap Stam is spearheading Reading's promotion charge.