Ryan Giggs has no regrets about retiring
Ryan Giggs insists he has no regrets about ending his illustrious 24-year playing career and “loves” his new role as Louis van Gaal's assistant manager at Manchester United.
For the first time in 25 years, after hanging up his boots in May, the Welshman is not taking part in pre-season training and is instead taking notes as part of a new-look coaching team that is currently preparing for the start of the 2014/15 campaign.
During an in-depth exclusive interview with MUTV, Giggs explains why he was definitely right to stop playing: “It was a great opportunity for me to start my coaching career and learn off a great manager with a wealth of experience,” Ryan explains. “It was a great opportunity for me and I am loving it.”
Expanding on his role with van Gaal, the United legend continues: “It has been different. The manager works in different ways than I have maybe seen before. Obviously a coaches’ work is done before training, after training and during training as well so it is different from being a player when you are just focused on training and that is when you do your stuff.
“It has been good. I have been analysing games, presenting to the [players] and it has been a good learning experience. A lot of the courses teach you to take yourself out of your comfort zone because that will improve you. Some of the things I have been doing have been out of my comfort zone but I have really enjoyed it.
“It would have been stranger and more difficult if I didn't have the games that I did at the end of last season. I had a little taste of it last season, which as I keep saying was unbelievable for me and was something that will be great for me in the long run. In the short time that I have been a coach, that has helped me.”
Although Giggs is no longer playing, the 40-year-old is keeping fit with regular gym sessions but admits he is often tempted to join in training with his former team-mates.
“This tour has been nice, although I have been getting up early to go to the gym. I have been trying to keep in shape but it has been strange. For such a long time, towards the end of your holidays, you are itching to get back and do a bit of training but obviously it is a lot different for me this year. There is a lot of adapting to do but I have coped.
“I have been dying for one of the lads to drop out of training to be fair so that I could join in. I joined in the other day, so I have done one session so far. But I am quite happy standing on the sides, observing and watching everybody work.”