Giggs relishing new United role
"Crazy" Ryan Giggs has acknowledged this season is going to be a balancing act.
The long-serving Manchester United star will break new ground in the 2013/14 campaign after agreeing to join David Moyes' backroom team. Practically speaking, it means Giggs will start getting more involved in team meetings rather than assisting Moyes with his work on the training ground.
For Giggs believes he still has a major contribution to make on the pitch, his hunger for success not sated, even after 22 years and 13 Premier League titles. "Crazy, aren't I?" the 39-year-old said. "I'm enjoying it just as much as I did 20 years ago. It's as simple as that.
"Every year is a bonus to me. Take last year: winning the league, that feeling you have after the hard work you put in. Winning that trophy makes it all worthwhile."
Giggs accepts there is a balancing act to perform, even though his twin role is not entirely an alien concept.
Twelve months ago Stuart Pearce asked Giggs to do a very similar thing for the Great Britain Olympic squad. It is a life after football Giggs is taking admirable care to prepare for, even flying to Turkey this summer to go through more work on his coaching badges.
However, for now, his time will need to be managed very carefully.
"I am excited about it personally and it has worked well so far," the Welshman said. "But it is about getting the balancing act right because I am still playing. There is not a big emphasis on coaching at the moment.
"The manager likes to coach and there is Jim Lumsden, Steve Round and Phil Neville. It is more looking behind the scenes and seeing how everything works.
"It is completely different from playing. Even though I have been playing for 20-odd years, I am seeing the other side of it; how you prepare for games. Some things I knew, others I didn't. It has been a real education."