- LEGENDS REUNITED Moyes adds Ryan and Phil to staff09:43 | 05/07/2013
DAVID MOYES hopes having two more Manchester United legends on his coaching staff will give the players a huge lift for their title defence.
New Old Trafford chief Moyes has added Ryan Giggs — who will continue playing — and the recently retired Phil Neville to his backroom team.
The pair have more than 1,300 appearances for the club between them, not to mention a whopping 19 Premier League medals, seven FA Cups and three Champions League gongs.
And Moyes believes the kind of experience they bring can only help the club as they plan for life after Alex Ferguson.
He said: “I’m delighted that Ryan has accepted the chance to become player-coach.
“His success and ability to adapt his game over a number of years gives him an unrivalled perspective on the modern game.
“Ryan’s career is an example to any aspiring young player and I’m sure both he and the players will benefit from his new role.”
Moyes enticed Neville to Everton from Old Trafford eight years ago — but has now brought the ex-England star, 36, back to his boyhood club.
The Scot added: “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.
“In addition, of course, he understands the club very well and I think his addition to the coaching staff will be a valuable one.”
Giggs, 39, and Neville were part of the famous Fergie Fledglings in the early 1990s and their appointments will be welcomed by fans.
Former Red Devils defender Gary Pallister, an ex-team-mate of Giggs’, says Moyes could be trying to set up something similar to the famous Anfield boot-room.
Back in the 1970s and ’80s the ‘Liverpool Way’ was to promote from within and install managers who had the club very much at heart.
And United will be spoilt for choice with Paul Scholes, now a full-time coach with the reserves after hanging up his boots in May, and Nicky Butt also working at the club.
Pallister, 48, said: “Taking Ryan and Phil on to the coaching staff gives continuity.
“David Moyes is his own man, has brought in his own staff and will want to do things his own way. But I can see it being a little bit like the old Liverpool way.
“When a club is so successful you want to keep things ticking along without changing things too much.”
He added: “Phil has always made it clear that coaching was something he was interested in, so it has always seemed a natural progression.
“With Ryan, maybe it is a bit more of a surprise. I didn’t know he was thinking of moving in that direction until it came out he was doing his coaching badges.
“He has a wealth of experience to pass on and he will be able to guide players about how to deal with the trappings of being a superstar while making a huge impact in the game at a very young age.
“He has seen it all in 20-odd years at the club — he has worked with some big characters and under the best manager ever seen in British football.”
Paul Parker, another ex-United defender, believes Giggs will have “frightening” knowledge from all his years in the game which the club can use to its advantage.
The former England defender, 49, said: “Maybe this move goes beyond playing and is also about using his experience.
“As a player, Ryan is a threat — we all know he will be of great use in the squad — but he is also a threat with his knowledge of the Premier League.
“He will go on and on and that is a frightening thought for the rest of the Premier League. He simply has to be there — and for a very long time.
“Certain things happen where people come in and do it their own way. But the Manchester United way is proven, there is a method to how it works.
“You can see that David Moyes respects that, with Phil Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt all back there in coaching roles now.”
According to The Sun
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