Ryan Giggs is determined to remain a pillar of success in football, as he plans a move into coaching.
The Manchester United midfielder won his 13th league title last season, and although he has no intention of retiring yet, he is starting to make plans to move into a non-playing role by studying for his UEFA Pro Licence.
If the Welshman successfully completes the 18-month-long course, the highest qualification in football, he will be one of first players to hold the award whilst still playing and he is excited about the future.
“I’ve been playing for 20-odd years and it’s a new chapter in my life,” he told the Football Association’s official website. “I want to do well and I want to make a success of it as I did as a player.
“It’ll be like starting all over again, it will be like being an apprentice again, learning things and making mistakes as you go along and just trying to better yourself as much as you can.”
After 23 seasons at Old Trafford working with Alex Ferguson, the former Wales international admitted he regularly spoke to people within the game to gather hints and tips on the non-playing side of the game.
“Obviously I’d be stupid not to pick up on bits that I’ve learned from the manager (Ferguson),” he added.
“You use everything you can to better yourself. Whether it’s talking to the coaches, talking to the other players, the dieticians, the sports scientists, you try and pick their brains as much as you can for your benefit.
“From Monday through to the game on Saturday you try and make sure you’re peaking on that Saturday. You build up your week for that game at the weekend.
“The more experience you get, the more you know, the more you know what’s best for you.”
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