United legend takes tentative steps up coaching ladder

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Paul Scholes is already looking forward to the next chapter of his Manchester United career – as a coach for Sir Alex Ferguson's Red Devils.

Following the announcement of his recent retirement, Scholes pulled the curtain down on a glittering 17-year stay at the very top of the English game.

But it won't be long before he is back at Carrington, working in a different capacity as he looks to help nurture future Old Trafford stars.

"I'm not too sure what the manager wants me to do yet but I’m looking forward to it," says Scholes. "I've done bits and pieces. It's certainly something different and I just want to be able to help players in whatever way I can.

"What I have done I have enjoyed, but I am not looking too far ahead. I just want to get into it and start it and hopefully I can do the job.


"If I can do it I will want to be as good as I possibly can be. I just don't know at what level I will be most comfortable. I will just take it as it comes. If I get some confidence as I am doing it we will take it from there."

A combative, influential midfielder on the field, Scholes is a much more unassuming character off it, reflected by his camera-shy persona throughout his time with the Reds.

Characteristics that, for many, have called into question his suitability to make the successful transition from player to coach, or manager.

"You think the end is never going to come and you don't think about what to do like I have in the last six months," Scholes continues. "In the last six months I have been thinking about it. I am going to give the coaching a go.

"It might not work out and I might have to end up doing something else. Football is the only thing I know a little bit about. I will try coaching and if it doesn't work or I am not very good at it I won't carry on doing it.

"I think I will probably know within two or three weeks of starting the job whether I am will be any good or if I want to carry on doing it."

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