Thursday, July 04, 2013
RYAN GIGGS APPOINTED AS PLAYER-COACH AT MANCHESTER UNITED, PHIL NEVILLE RETURNS AS FIRST TEAM COACH
Manchester United veteran player, Ryan Giggs have being appointed a player - coach by manager David Moyes after after signing a one-year contract extension.
Giggs, who has played 941 games and scored 168 goals for United in a career spanning more than two decades, is expected to complete his UEFA Pro Licence next summer and will work alongside Moyes and his team in training sessions
Announcing the appointment, Moyes said: 'I'm delighted that Ryan has accepted the chance to become 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.'
Giggs added: 'It's a great privilege to be appointed a player/coach. I hope I will be able to bring my experience to bear, having been both a player and part of the Manchester United family for so long. It's no secret that I have been taking my qualifications and I see this as the first step in my future career. I'm really looking forward to working alongside David and the team.'
In an interview with FA TV last week, Giggs, who attended the FIFA Under 20 World Cup in Turkey as part of his course, said: 'It'll be like starting all over again, it will be like being an apprentice again, learning things and making mistakes as you go along and just trying to better yourself as much as you can.
'It's exciting for me. I've been playing for twenty-odd years and it's a new chapter in my life. I want to do well and I want to make a success of it as I did as a player.'
In related development, former Manchester United player, Phil Neville has returned to Old Trafford and will join his former boss, David Moyes ,as new first team coach.
The former Everton Skipper arrived at Carrington training ground early this morning and he is expected to be announced as Moyes's latest backroom appointment alongside four former Everton colleagues in Chris Woods, Steve Round, Robbie Cooke and Jimmy Lumsden.
Moyes took charge of his first training session at United's Carrington training ground today and Neville was thrust straight into action, along with Lumsden and Round, where he laid out the cones ahead of a running exercise.
Thirty six year old, Neville, ended his 18-year playing career last month. But it was at Old Trafford where the ex-England defender made his name after emerging with the much-celebrated Class of ’92.
He made over 250 appearances for the current Barclays Premier League champions before spending eight years at Goodison Park under Moyes.
Neville, who was Everton’s captain from 2007, has been doing his coaching badges and holds the UEFA B Licence award. He completed his A Licence at St George's Park at the end of May, and despite other offers from within the game and the chance to pursue media activities, the lure of United proved impossible to resist.
Neville was part of the England Under 21s' coaching staff during their disappointing showing in the European Championship in Israel this summer.
Former coach Sir Alex Ferguson handed Neville his Manchester United debut in 1995 in a 3-0 win over Manchester City.
He went on to win six Premier League titles, three FA Cups and the Champions League before Moyes signed him at Everton in 2005 for £3.5million.