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Ryan Giggs excited by coaching role

August 3, 2013
By Richard Jolly

Ryan Giggs said David Moyes made him an offer he could not refuse when he was approached to join the Manchester United coaching staff.

Ryan Giggs and Phil Neville are part of David Moyes' coaching team this season.
GettyImagesRyan Giggs and Phil Neville are part of David Moyes' coaching team this season.

Giggs, 39, has been studying for his coaching badges in the latter part of his playing career and is currently doing his Pro Licence.

And while he signed a new contract to take him past his 40th birthday as a United footballer, the veteran had his first experience of life on new manager Moyes' backroom team during the pre-season tour of Asia and Australia.

“I got the call [from David Moyes] when I was in Turkey doing my coaching badges,” he told Inside United. “My initial thoughts were about how it would affect the playing side of things because I was obviously preparing to play for another year.

“I spoke to a few people and had a think about it and I could only see plus points; I couldn’t see any minuses. It’s an exciting chance for me and one that I couldn’t turn down.

“I’ve always concentrated on playing but I’ve been doing my badges at the same time. It’s been tough at times because it’s quite time consuming but I’m really glad I’ve done it. Five years ago I didn’t think I’d still be playing at this age so I wanted to make sure I was prepared when I finished so I started doing my coaching badges then.”

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