Paul Scholes ready for management
Paul Scholes has revealed he is ready to step into management having turned down Oldham Athletic this summer.
The former Manchester United player has resisted the temptation to take up a permanent coaching role since hanging up his boots in 2013.
He has gone on to establish himself as one of Britian’s top pundits for his forthright views on ITV and BT Sport and in his weekly newspaper column.
He rejected the opportunity to take over at Oldham in the summer, but has confirmed his eagerness to follow Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers into coaching.
“I don’t get many offers, but I miss being involved with football,” said Scholes. “I miss the day to day involvement of just having a kick about or just playing and training with a team and I miss the Saturday afternoons.
“If something came along that I felt was right and fancied doing, then maybe.
“I spoke to Oldham in the summer, only a brief chat with the chairman, Simon Corney. But it wasn’t the right time for me at that particular moment - in time to come, maybe.”
Scholes was far from enthusiastic about his role in punditry, even after establishing himself as an authoritative voice on the game.
He looks set to reach out to an even wider audience when a new three-part documentary on Salford City FC - the team he co-owns with Giggs, the Nevilles and Butt - is aired on BBC next month.
Viewers are given intimate portrait of the members of United’s famous Class of 92 - but for Scholes, it only confirmed his aversion to the limelight.
“It didn’t add to the pressure, it was just a pain in the a**e really,” he said. “I like to just go and watch a game of football, but we had to do interviews here, interviews there. It’s an idea people had and hopefully people enjoy it and it brings publicity to the club.”
On having to be in front of cameras, he added: “They do my head in.”
Giggs, meanwhile, admits his role in Salford City provides him with an insurance policy if he fails to realise his own managerial ambitions.
Louis van Gaal’s assistant said: “The stats are there, it’s a precarious occupation.
“You know, 18 months, two years is the average for a coaching role or management. It’s just in contrast to being an owner where you know you are going to be involved in 15 or 20 years time.
“In the current job, you don’t because it’s not in your hands.
“Football has been a huge part of my life, the biggest part of my life.”
Class of 92: Out of their League starts on BBC One in early September