Paul Scholes has been interviewed for the managerial vacancy at Oldham.
The former Manchester United and England midfielder is a life-long Oldham supporter.
The League One club declined to comment on reports linking Scholes with the vacancy created when ex-Republic of Ireland player John Sheridan was sacked last month.
But it's understood the 42-year-old, who has worked as a television pundit since retiring from his playing career in 2013, has met the Athletic hierarchy to discuss the manager's role.
Richie Wellens is the caretaker boss and is also a candidate for the full-time role.
Oldham are 19th in League One and next play Blackburn on Saturday.