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Paul Scholes turns down Manchester United coaching job

Jul 7, 2013, 10:55 AM EDT

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Paul Scholes has turned down the chance to join Manchester United’s coaching staff.

Scholes retired from United (for a second time) following the 2012-13 season and had been widely expected to join former Red Devil teammates Nicky Butt, Phil Neville and Ryan Giggs on David Moyes’ staff. But in a mildly shocking move the former England international has denied the opportunity, citing family reasons.

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Moyes spoke of his desire to bring Scholes into his back-room staff to ensure he maintained significant connections to Manchester United. In recent days the Scot has received some criticism for what some are calling the ‘Evertonisation’ of the Old Trafford club.

“I spoke to Paul Scholes as well,” Moyes explained. “He wants to have some time off with his family.”

The open-ended comment suggests that Scholes could eventually join Moyes’ staff and many believe that may happen sometime following the 2014 Brazil World Cup, where it is believed Scholes may be set for pundit work.

While family reasons or pundit work may be Scholes’ primary motives to deny Moyes’ offer, the 38 year old’s decision also could reflect the notion that United’s staff has too many cooks in the kitchen.

Since arriving at Old Trafford Moyes has hired Neville, Giggs and former Everton coaches Steve Round (assistant manager), Chris Woods (goal-keeping coach) and Jimmy Lumsden (first-team coach).



  1. skidmose - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Paul Scholes is the epitomy of what MU was and is. A world class player who could have been a star wherever he played. And now a humble family man – maybe he was afraid they might “unretire” him again! Even at 38 he was better than a lot of players ever will be. Good luck Paul you are a class act!

  2. bellerophon30 - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    I’m struggling with the idea of Paul as a pundit, though I think he’d make a great one. He just doesn’t seem to like being in front of the camera that much.

    But good for him, wanting a year of family time (or more). He’ll have no shortage of offers if and when he’s ready to return to football.

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