Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Moyes Adds Familiar Faces; Giggs and Neville Join Old Trafford Coaching Team

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Moyes Adds Familiar Faces; Giggs and Neville Join Old Trafford Coaching Team

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DAVID Moyes will face the media for the first time as Manchester United manager today with his status reinforced by the addition of two very familiar faces to his coaching team.

While it had been widely anticipated Phil Neville would return to Old Trafford to begin his club coaching career under the guidance of the man he worked so closely with at Everton from 2005, confirmation Ryan Giggs will be combining his responsibilities as a player with a position on Moyes' backroom team was a surprise.

Having signed a new contract in March, the 39-year-old seemed completely focused on adding even more silverware to his impressive collection.

However, with Mike Phelan, Rene Meulensteen and Eric Steele all leaving in the wake of Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement, Moyes has moved to silence any doubts over the knowledge about United's inner workings within his coaching team.

Giggs and Neville have 1,327 club appearances between them as well as 19 Premier League winners' medals, seven FA Cups and three Champions Leagues.

"Ryan's success and ability to adapt his game over a number of years gives him an unrivalled perspective on the modern game," said Moyes. "His career is an example to any aspiring player."

The practicalities of Giggs' role have not been outlined, although evidently the veteran Welshman, the only man to have scored in all 21 seasons of the Premier League's history, will be expected to make a significant contri-bution on the field. However, with Neville also coming on board, in addition to Nicky Butt, who has remained on the coaching staff after being hired by Ferguson last season, there are now three key members of that famed 'Class of 92' working behind the scenes.

"I gave my all when I played for Everton, but it is no secret that this club is in my heart," said Neville.

Giggs is still to take his first steps towards coaching despite amassing further qualifications in Turkey last month. …

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