Paul Scholes is widely regarded as one of the greatest English midfielders of all time. The ex-Manchester United man could now embark on a managerial career, starting in the second tier of English football
Scholes could be the latest in the long line of former Manchester United players trying their hand at management. The Englishman is currently one of the top pundits for BT Sport, and is yet to attain his coaching badges that would qualify him as a licensed coach.
However former Manchester United coach Warren Joyce won’t let that stop Scholes from coaching. Joyce has recently taken charge at Championship side Wigan Athletic and is keen on bringing in Scholes as a part-time coach, according to the Sun.
The former Hull City midfielder joined Manchester United as co-manager of the reserve team in 2008, taking full charge in 2010. Joyce left this past summer to take up the top job at Wigan.
Joyce has axed long-time coach Joe Parkinson, and wants to bring in the pair of Paul McGuiness and Jim Ryan, who he worked with at Manchester United. To add to the United flavour at the DW Stadium, the Wigan Athletic manager wants to bring in club legend Scholes.
Scholes has seen many of his former peers at Man United embark on managerial careers. The player he replaced in the United first team in 1995-96, Mark Hughes, is now managing Stoke City in the Premier League, while Jaap Stam is doing well with Reading in the Championship.
Two of his long-time teammates haven’t been as successful though. Ryan Giggs ended up axed from the assistant manager role at Man United by Jose Mourinho, while Gary Neville had a horrific stint as Valencia manager last season. Scholes will surely be contemplating on their travails before considering a coaching role.
A part-time role at Wigan would suit the Englishman just fine though. He can work towards obtaining an official UEFA coaching license, and he wouldn’t have to give up on punditry. Scholes would be a dream manager for Manchester United, but it remains to be seen if he is interested in what Warren Joyce has to offer.