It has been suggested players were promised deals behind Scholes’s back and that one player was told not to turn up for training without the manager’s knowledge. It is also alleged that Scholes received emails from the owner and his brother, Mohamed, Oldham’s sporting director, telling him who he should play.
In addition, there were reports of the team turning up at Boundary Park to find there was no bus to take them to a game at Bury and that on one occasion players had to wash and dry their own kit after bailiffs turned up to remove the gas supply from the main stand of the stadium.
Lemsagam reacted on Friday by saying he was “disappointed” by Scholes’s decision and “surprised by the reasons he has given in his statement”. Scholes won one of his seven games in charge.
“Both myself and the staff at the club gave Paul all the support and autonomy that he asked for,” Lemsagam said. “I personally was always supportive of any decisions Paul made or consulted me on reassuring him that he was the man in charge.
“I continued to encourage him despite the results and reassured him that his job was secure. I was content to remain in League Two for this season and working with the team we have for the remainder of this season is important.