Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes is highly unlikely to take charge of Oldham following reports that he had met with the League One club.
BBC Sport understands the ex-England international spoke to the club purely in an advisory capacity and has no interest in the managerial vacancy.
Scholes, 42, is a boyhood Oldham fan but has not managed at senior level.
Oldham have been without a manager since John Sheridan left in September with the Latics bottom of League One.
The club had also been reported to be in talks with Clarence Seedorf, but the former Dutch midfielder later distanced himself from the job.
Oldham have won all three matches under interim boss Richie Wellens, including two in the league, and are now 19th in the table.
Wellens, who retired as a player last season, has stated that he would like to be given the job on a full-time basis after leading the club out of the relegation zone.
The Latics are subject to potential investment and failed to pay their players and staff for the month of September – the third time the club have not paid wages since 2011.
After making his Manchester United debut in 1994, Scholes went on to make 717 appearances for the Red Devils and scored 155 goals before retiring in 2013.
He initially announced his retirement at the end of the 2010-11 season, before making a playing comeback at the start of 2012.
Scholes won 11 Premier League titles, three FA Cups, two League Cups, five Community Shields and two Champions Leagues.
Since finally retiring at the end of the 2012-13 season, Scholes has worked as a television pundit, coached at Manchester United and partly owns National League North side Salford City with some of his former United team-mates.