David Moyes has revealed Paul Scholes has opted to have some time away from the game despite being offered a coaching role at Manchester United.
Moyes added Ryan Giggs and Phil Neville to his staff last week and had hoped Scholes, who hung up his boots at the end of the season, might also work behind the scenes.
However, the 38-year-old, who had been part of the coaching team at Old Trafford after his 2011 retirement, has neglected to join his former team-mates on Moyes' backroom staff at this point.
"I wanted to make sure I had connections to what happened here," the Scot said in comments reported on the club's official website. "I spoke to Paul Scholes as well. He wants to have some time off with his family.
"Paul was fantastic with me and wanted to help a lot. I probably spent an hour or two on the phone with him. He wants to spend time with his family at the moment. We'll bring him in when he's ready."