Ryan Giggs appointed a player-coach at Manchester United
MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Manchester United continued to rebuild its coaching staff by appointing Ryan Giggs as player-coach and Phil Neville as first-team coach on Thursday in moves to try 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.
"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 unrivalled perspective on the modern game. He and the players will benefit from his new role.''
Moyes has already brought in three coaches from Everton. Steve Round will be his assistant, replacing Mike Phelan, after being the Scot's No. 2 since 2008. Former England international Chris Woods will be goalkeeping coach, and Jimmy Lumsden 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.
Neville ended his playing career at Everton last season. The former England fullback played for United from 1995 to 2005 and has recently worked with England Under-21s.
"I have known and worked with Philip for eight years and, in that time, I have come to know his dedication, ability to lead and appetite for hard work,'' Moyes said. "In addition, of course, he understands the club very well and I think his addition to the coaching staff will be a valuable one.''
Neville, who is undertaking his coaching badges, won six Premier Leagues, three FA Cups and a Champions League with United.
"When I retired from football, I knew that I wanted to continue in the game; it's something that I have been preparing for over the last few years,'' Neville said. "So when David called to give me this opportunity, I couldn't resist. I gave my all when I played for Everton but it is no secret that this club is in my heart.''
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