"I wanted the job," he said. "It's not a secret from my side. It is something that interested me. Talks went well but they probably interviewed a few people. It was a job that I wanted, it was something I was interested in.
"They couldn't ignore what Rich's (Wellens) done with the five games he has been in charge. They have won four and drew against Bradford on Tuesday. He has done a fantastic job and turned it right around.
"I think he has the fans excited again with a style football they haven't seen for a while. Good luck to Richie, he has got the job and hopefully he can carry that on."
Scholes is keen to move into management for the first time since retiring from playing for Manchester United in 2013.
He added: "It might happen one day (becoming manager of Oldham), I was hoping it would be this time. I have done my coaching badges. Why do coaching badges if you don't want to go into football? It's something in the future I want to do.
"I have had a couple of offers in the last year or so but this was the one that interested me the most. Whether something comes along in the future we will have to see."