Ryan Giggs┬áis set to be offered a coaching role at Manchester United by new boss David Moyes.
Moyes, who officially takes over from Sir Alex Ferguson on July 1, wants Giggs to combine a playing and coaching role in what is expected to be the United legend’s final season in the first-team.
Incoming boss Moyes wants to get the most out of the unique experience and enduring popularity of Giggs in the Reds’ dressing-room to ensure the transition from Ferguson to him is as seamless as possible.
Giggs, who turns 40 in November, has signed a one-year extension to play on for United next season but is expected to play a peripheral role, with more emphasis on him helping out behind the scenes as Moyes settles in at Old Trafford.
Midfield legend Giggs, who picked up his 13th Premier League winner’s medal following United’s latest title triumph, has completed his coaching badges and is understood to be ready to take up a coaching role under Moyes, only playing occasionally next season.
Moyes sees Giggs as an invaluable link to the United dressing-rooom and is also said to want to find a coaching role for midfielder Paul Scholes, who retired from playing for the second time on Sunday following Ferguson’s farewell game at Old Trafford.
Only a week ago, Giggs, who has played 940 times for United, indicated his desire to take up a coaching role when he finishes playing, but said he did not know when.
But Ferguson’s subsequent announcement he is to retire, coupled with the swift appointment of Moyes, could see Giggs embark on a coaching career sooner than expected.
“I’m doing my necessary qualifications, which I’m close to finishing now,” Giggs had said.
“I wanted to do that and prepare myself as best I can, if I do go into coaching or I do go into management, when I’m finished.
“I’ve done that while I’m playing, which at times can be tough, doing homework and going on courses while you’re still playing, or doing coaching sessions after training.
“I’ve enjoyed it and it’s probably the natural progression. Whether I’ll do it straight away or take a bit of time off when I finish, I don’t know.
“But at the moment I’m just enjoying my football and preparing myself as best I can for when I finish.”