Man Utd legend Giggs close to coaching qualification

Ryan Giggs has begun preparing for life after his days as a Manchester United player by closing in on his coaching qualifications, ESPN has reported.

The 39-year-old recently signed a contract extension at Old Trafford to extend his career by at least another season but he is also looking ahead to the time he inevitably hangs up his boots, travelling to Turkey as part of the UEFA Pro Licence coaching badge. Giggs already holds both the UEFA A and B licences.

But the Pro Licence is the qualification that allows a prospective manager to coach a club in one of Europe’s top divisions or the Champions League, ESPN adds. And Giggs will be among familiar faces, with ex-Manchester United teammates Gary Neville and Paul Ince also in Turkey for the course.

Giggs is said to have led some coaching sessions last season under Sir Alex Ferguson, a practice which could continue under Ferguson’s successor, David Moyes, on an informal basis.

Having made his United debut in the 1990/91 season and has been part of the United team ever since, winning 13 Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two Champions Leagues, as well as playing in more than 900 games for United.

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