United legend Giggs plots his future behind the touchline


Last updated at 14:17 20 March 2008

Ryan Giggs has indicated for the first time that he is beginning to anticipate the end of his glorious career by taking the first step on the road to becoming a manager.

Manchester United's most decorated player has just one season left on his current playing contract and has not been a regular starter for Sir Alex Ferguson's team this season.

Now the 34-year-old winger - who did not figure in last night's Barclays Premier League win over Bolton - has applied to study for his UEFA 'A' licence in his home country of Wales this summer.

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Giggs and 1999 European Cup

Kings of Europe: Ryan Giggs with the 1999 Champions League trophy

Football Association of Wales technical director Osian Roberts said: "Ryan has indicated that he wants to come and do his licence with us in Aberystwyth in June.

"It is great news for us in Wales and I think it's also great news for football that someone of Ryan's calibre and status will stay in the game.

"With all his experience and expertise he's going to be a great and valued member of the football world in the future."

Giggs has been a member of the first-team squad at Old Trafford for 17 years now and has made 747 appearances for United - just 12 short of Sir Bobby Charlton's record of 759.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has already indicated that he will try to find a place for Giggs on his own coaching staff but it is likely the Welshman will try to stand on his own two feet, possibly by hooking up with former team-mate Paul Ince at MK Dons.

If and when Giggs earns his 'A' licence, he will still have to obtain his UEFA Pro Licence if he wanted to coach at the very top level of the game.

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