The retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager at the end of this season was an emotional moment for everyone involved with the club. His departure did not only bring sadness on the faces of some but also joy and excitement in the form of opportunities for others.
One of such person to step into this position is long serving and current player Ryan Giggs.The Wales international, one of Manchester United most capped and decorative player was appointed player coach by new manager David Moyes.
Giggs who have never played for another football club like another well know United player Paul Scholes, has been with the club since 1987 when he signed on as a youngster and his delighted to be presented with the opportunity.
After accepting the role Ryan Giggs had this to say:
“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.”
Later on his former compatriot Phil Neville had also sign on but as first team coach with the current Premier League Champions.
The 39 year old Giggs is currently in the process of obtaining his UEFA pro coaching licenses and should be officially a UEFA licenses holder soon upon completion.
The move by Moyes could be seen as a clever one because Giggs and Neville is two very well respected figures amongst the clubs staff and fans and will no doubt help make David Moyes role a little easier.
Giggs will be able to pass on years of experience to the young’s players and keep them reminded of the level of conduct required of them and all who is associated with the famous shirt. While similarly Neville will be able to do the same and also ease the egos that could potentially arise in the dressing room.