Oldham owner Abdallah Lemsagam has revealed that Paul Scholes resigned by text.
It was a lengthy process to get the ex-England international through the door, with the 44-year-old last month signing an 18-month contract to kick-off his managerial career at his boyhood club.
Scholes got off to a dream start by overseeing a 4-1 win against Yeovil, but things went awry as Oldham drew three and lost three of their subsequent six Sky Bet League Two games.
Tuesday’s 2-0 loss at Lincoln proved to be his final match at the helm, with Scholes announcing his shock departure on Thursday afternoon.
His decision came as a surprise to Lemsagem, who said in a statement on the club’s official website, www.oldhamathletic.co.uk, on Friday: “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.”
Lemsagam added: “Management is a difficult job and both myself and everyone at the club would have worked with Paul to find solutions, had we been given the chance.
“I personally believed that he would be the manager to take us forward this season and next and I know many of you felt the same.”