22/08/2013 09:43, Report by Adam Marshall

Smith's coaching ambition

Former United favourite Alan Smith is striving to become the latest ex-Red to pursue a career in coaching.

The MK Dons star has already taken charge of the League One side's Reserves and has paid attention to the situation at the Aon Training Complex where his former team-mates Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs and Phil Neville have all taken up backroom roles.

"I’ve got to finish my coaching badges off but I’m going over to Northern Ireland as you can do them there," Smith told "I’m somewhere in the middle of everything but I’d like to do what Paul McGuinness and Warren Joyce do [at United], get involved and try and progress the young lads and get them through.

"I’ve had that experience of the other side of the fence where you do have to get through and relate to people who maybe you don’t remember playing. Hopefully, they will still remember me as a player and can relate to what I’m telling them.

"If the information youngsters are getting is coming from the likes of Ryan [Giggs], Phil [Neville] and Nicky [Butt], they’re all doing similar jobs at United, then I think that’s brilliant. People remember them playing not so long ago so the information they are putting across is taken on board straight away." 

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