MANCHESTER, England — Ryan Giggs will have a player-coaching role next season at Manchester United, in a move that is likely to alleviate the pressure on new boss David Moyes.
The 39-year-old Giggs has spent his entire career at United since making his debut in 1991. He has been taking his coaching diplomas and is due to attain the UEFA Pro Licence, United said in a statement on Thursday.
“I see this as the first step in my future career,” Giggs said. “I’m really looking forward to working alongside David Moyes and the team.”
Giggs’ advice as the most decorated player in British football history will be of great help to Moyes, who is under immediate pressure, as the successor to Alex Ferguson, to win trophies. Moyes didn’t win any silverware in 11 years at Everton.
“I’m delighted that Ryan has accepted the chance to become player-coach,” Moyes said. “His success and ability to adapt his game over a number of years gives him an unrivaled perspective on the modern game. He and the players will benefit from his new role.”
Moyes has already brought in three coaches from Everton. Former United defender Phil Neville is also expected to join the revamped coaching team as the new first-team coach.
Steve Round will be Moyes’ assistant, replacing Mike Phelan, after being the Scot’s No. 2 at Everton since July 2008. Former England international Chris Woods also arrives from Goodison Park to be goalkeeping coach, and Jimmy Lumsden will be another coach on United’s books.
Giggs extended his contract for one year last March. He has played more than 1,000 senior competitive matches, and his titles include 13 English Premier Leagues, four FA Cups and two Champions Leagues.