Ryan Giggs will join former player Phil Neville as part of David Moyes’ back room staff, after it was confirmed this morning that he has accepted a role as player/coach at Old Trafford.
Giggs signed a one year extension that will see him retire next summer, but has begun preparing for retirement by taking his coaching badges.
Last month he was in Turkey at the u20 World Cup working towards his UEFA Pro badge, but already has the necessary qualifications to coach at United and has been appointed with immediate effect.
Upon Giggs accepting the role, Moyes said:
“I’m delighted that Ryan has accepted the chance to become a player-coach.
“His success and ability to adapt his game over a number of years gives him an unrivalled perspective on the modern game. His career is an example to any aspiring young player and I’m sure that both he and the players will benefit from his new role.”
Joining him will be Phil Neville, who left United in 2005 for Goodison Park and became captain of Moyes’ side. But having called time on his playing career and with Moyes heading to Old Trafford it appears that Neville will be making his return to his former club.
There has been no official confirmation as yet, but it is believed that Neville, whohas been doing his coaching badges and holds the UEFA B Licence award, was at the Carrington (Aon training complex) this morning as Moyes took his first training session as United manager.
Neville travelled with the England Under 21s’ coaching staff to Israel this summer to assist with their failed European Championship campaign and has been getting his feet wet in terms of coaching.
The additions of Giggs and Neville mean that Moyes not only has people that know United in his team, but also has two of British football’s rising young coaches too.