Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has admitted that he is missing day-to-day involvement in football, and the midfielder revealed he is open to a return to coaching or taking on a managerial role.
Scholes, 40, was a Manchester United player from youth level right until his second and final retirement in 2013. The legendary midfielder did have a couple of brief stints coaching at Manchester United in 2011-12 and 2013-14 before taking up punditry.
Last year, Scholes and his ‘Class of 92’ colleagues Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers became owners of Salford City, a non league outfit, and he has involved himself in coaching for the club.
Scholes was in charge of the team, alongside Phil Neville, for one game when the non-league outfit did not have a permanent boss last season.
“I miss being involved day-to-day”
Speaking on Wednesday at the launch of new BBC documentary “Class of 92: Out of their League,” which showcases Salford’s first season under the ownership of Scholes and his former teammates, the ex-England international was quoted saying by ESPN FC: “I love football, I’ve not been involved now properly for two years and coaching is a way into it.
“I miss being involved day-to-day with players and being in a dressing room.
“If something comes up in the future that I fancy, then great. If it doesn’t, then it doesn’t. But it is definitely something I enjoy.
“It is probably what I miss most really, when you see teams getting ready for a Saturday afternoon – you look at the results all the time and you are not involved. It is difficult not to be around.”
Scholes reveals Managerial ambition
Scholes confirmed that he had been approached to take over the managerial berth at Oldham. While he turned down the offer in March, he stressed at his belief that he would like be their boss one day.
Regarding the prospect of becoming a manager, Scholes said on Wednesday: “I’d be open to anything, yeah.
“I don’t think you can close anything off really – if the right opportunity was there for me and I fancied it, I’d do it.”
He added: “I had the one offer with Oldham that was difficult to turn down, but maybe in the future it might be something. It’s definitely something I’d like to do in the future.”
When asked if one might see Scholes in management soon, he said: “Who knows? I hope so.”