Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs and former Everton captain Phil Neville to follow in footsteps of ex-Boro boss Bryan Robson

Ryan Giggs
Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs’ appointment as player-coach at Manchester United means another of the club’s former stars is venturing into the world of coaching.

Ex-Red Devils defender Phil Neville, who assisted England Under-21s this summer, has hung up his boots to join David Moyes’ coaching staff at Old Trafford.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at some of the others who have taken similar steps.

BRYAN ROBSON (Middlesbrough, Bradford, West Brom, Sheffield United, Thailand)

Twice won promotion to the Premier League with Boro in 1995 and 1998 - having been relegated in 1997. Losing FA Cup finalist (1997) and League Cup finalist (1997 and 1999). Lost 20 of 27 matches at Bradford, achieved the ‘Great Escape’ with West Brom after being bottom of the Premier League at Christmas 2005 but was relegated the following year. Relieved of his first-team duties after less than a year when Sheffield United fans turned against him. Resigned as Thailand boss after less than two years having failed to qualify for Asia Cup.

STEVE BRUCE (Sheffield United, Huddersfield, Wigan, Crystal Palace, Birmingham, Sunderland, Hull)

After unimpressive spells at four clubs he took Birmingham into the Premier League via the 2002 play-offs and, despite relegation after four years, he returned them the very next season. Kept Wigan up in his first term before leading them to 11th the following year. Lasted less than two years at Sunderland but guided Hull to Premier League promotion in his first season.

MARK HUGHES (Wales, Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham, QPR, Stoke)

Came within a play-off of taking Wales to Euro 2004 and finished top six with Blackburn to earn them a UEFA Cup spot and took club to three successive domestic cup semi-finals. Despite improving City’s fortunes, was sacked mid-season with the club in touching distance of the top four. Acrimonious departure from Fulham after quitting after one season but, after just managing to keep QPR in the top flight, was sacked after not winning any of his first 12 games the following year.


Coached Manchester United’s reserves after ending his playing career before moving to Norwegian side Molde, where he won the title in his first season. Discussed a potential move to Aston Villa but opted to stay in his homeland and retained league title.

ROY KEANE (Sunderland, Ipswich)

Took over with Sunderland in the Championship relegation zone early in the season but still managed to win the title that same season. After one year in the top flight Keane’s harsh discipline became an issue, results faltered and he resigned mid-season. Unable to replicate previous instant success at Ipswich and was sacked after less than two years.

GORDON STRACHAN (Coventry, Southampton, Celtic, Middlesbrough, Scotland)

Related from the Premier League with Coventry after five mixed years and was sacked early the next season. Turned around struggling Southampton’s fortunes and took them to an FA Cup final, which also earned UEFA Cup qualification. Won three successive league titles with Celtic, in addition to Scottish Cup and League Cup. Struggled at Middlesbrough and resigned after 18 months with team in 20th position.


Appointed to England’s coaching staff by Roy Hodgson in May 2012. Has also impressed with insightful analysis as a television pundit.