it feels. You finish your career as an old, experienced player who has been there and done it and then you start your coaching career as someone who is right at the bottom of the ladder again. I think what gives me and Ryan maybe a little bit of a head start is the careers we’ve had and the fact we’ve spent so many years at this club. That gets us a couple of rungs up the ladder, but we both know we still have so much to learn. We want to learn and United is exactly the type of club that can help you learn. It gives you opportunities to grow, both on the playing and staff side, which is really important.
Tell us how the role at the club came about…
My coaching role [in general] has been developing for the last three or four years. I was coming to the end of my career and the boss [David Moyes] wanted me to go on the staff at Everton in the last two years, but I wanted to concentrate on playing and get every ounce of football out of me before I finished. I decided to retire at the end of last season and then, of course, the boss got the United job. We had conversations through the summer and he said there might be an opportunity for me. I had other options, some unbelievable options, one of which was to stay at Everton. I have so much to thank Everton for and they will always have a really special place in my heart, but when push came to shove I just felt this was right.
Is David Moyes relishing the challenges ahead?
Very much so. It’s a big challenge for him and a big challenge for us in supporting him because it’s the biggest club in the world with the biggest expectations. Nothing but the best will do. That’s the challenge, that’s what lies in front of us. The club is steeped in history and we’ve got to make sure we follow those