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Paul Scholes rejects Manchester United coaching role

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Scholes is taking a break from football (©GettyImages)
Scholes is taking a break from football (©GettyImages).

David Moyes officially began work as Manchester United manager this week and two of his first acts in his new position were to bring Phil Neville back to the club he learned his trade at.

Ryan Giggs continues his affiliation with the current English Champions in a player/coach capacity.

However Moyes couldn't quite complete the hat-trick of new coaches he wished to sign with the experienced Scot confirming in his debut press conference at Old Trafford that Paul Scholes had turned down the opportunity to become a coach at Manchester United in order to spend some time with his family.

"I spoke to Paul Scholes as well. He wants to have some time off with his family," Moyes declared at his press conference.

Moyes went on to state that Scholes had been a great help to him in the two hour phone conversation the two men had with each other.

"Paul was fantastic with me and wanted to help a lot. I probably spent an hour or two on the phone with him." 

Moyes also asked former first-team coach Rene Meulensteen to stay on at the club but the Dutchman felt it was time to move on from the club where he had spent 12 years over two spells and is now headed to Russia to join up with fellow countryman Guus Hiddink at Anzhi Makhachkala.

In 2011, upon his first retirement, Scholes instantly took a coaching job at Manchester United which was cut short by his return to the playing staff following a difficult start to the season in midfield at Manchester United. 

Due to injuries however it now seems as if he wants some time away from football before deciding his next move. 

Moyes confirmed that the door would always be open to Scholes until he is ready to return to the club.

Moyes, as well as bringing in people with deep Manchester United connections, has also looked to bring in a number of his own people with Steve Round, Jimmy Lumsden and Chris Woods all joining the club as assistant manager, first-team coach and goalkeeping coach respectively.  

Moyes is looking to build a strong backroom staff behind him which has a mix of youth and experience which is exactly what Sir Alex Ferguson did during his 26-year spell at Old Trafford with the former manager praising his excellent backroom staff, stating they were an integral part of the club's success during his tenure.

Moyes will take charge of his first Manchester United pre-season tour this week when the English Champions fly out to Bangkok on Wednesday.

 

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