Dowie emerges as leading contender for vacant Oldham job after Scholes link is dismissed
01:15 GMT, 5 February 2013
02:02 GMT, 5 February 2013
Iain Dowie is leading the race to become the next Oldham Athletic manager, despite bookmakers installing Oldham fan Paul Scholes as shock favourite.
Latics chairman Simon Corney is eager to install a new boss before the club’s FA Cup fifth-round clash against Everton next Saturday.
Surprisingly the 38-year-old midfielder was labelled as a front-runner but Corney has denied any suggestions that the Old Trafford legend would be taking the post.
Out of work: Dowie's last managerial job was in 2010 when he unsuccessfully tried to keep Hull City in the Premier League
‘If Paul Scholes was to so much as express a desire to come here, it would refresh the whole club and of course I would be interested,’ Corney said.
‘But is it going to happen No, it isn't and there has been no contact between ourselves and Paul Scholes.
‘For one thing, I cannot see him wanting to go from earning 60,000-a-week at Manchester United to 600-a-week at Oldham!
Despite engineering their famous victory over Liverpool, Paul Dickov resigned on Sunday after a run of poor form in League One which left the Boundary Park side just outside the relegation zone.
Favourite: Scholes, seen here relaxing at United's Doha training camp, has emerged as the bookies choice for the Oldham job
Dowie has previous experience of managing Oldham after taking the club to the League One play-offs in 2002-03 and
Corney confirmed that he has been in contact with the former QPR manager.
‘Iain and I are good friends and we speak on a regular basis, but the club has time to make the right appointment,’ added Corney.
‘I would certainly expect a manager to be in place in time for the FA Cup tie against Everton next week and hopefully the issue may be resolved before the game against MK Dons this weekend.’