Manchester United legendary midfielder Paul Scholes has been secretly coaching non-league side Stalybridge Celtic this week, reports the Manchester Evening News.
The Conference North side have been secretly under the guidance of the former England man all week, after the club's manager Jim Harvey left by mutual consent last week.
The news of Scholes's surprising coaching move was only revealed today after he finished his final coaching session with the Greater Manchester based side.
Scholes was asked whether he was able to help the club out due to his son, Aaron, being part of their under-15's team.
The ex-United man, who won 66 England caps, agreed to run the training sessions as long as his participation was sworn to secrecy.
After the final training session today Celtic's 17-year-old centre-half Louis Smith, who is a Red Devils fan, said;
“It was unreal!
“He’s a childhood idol so it was a great experience.
“The first we knew was when we turned up for training on Monday morning and there he was. It was a shock and a surprise at the same time.
“There’s no-one better to learn from. You learnt so much from him, even in just a week. To get an insight and help from someone like him is invaluable - you can't put a price on that.
“And for him to come down and do it for free was a great gesture of goodwill.”
But Scholes won't be taking his first step into football management just yet - with Celtic's confirming Keith Briggs has returned to the club as their new player-manager.
Scholes is not the only former Premier League star to coach in the non-league ranks - with Liverpool man Dietmar Hamann having coached Stockport County in the Conference and fellow ex-Anfield star Phil Babb the current manager of Conference South side Hayes and Yeading United.
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