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Scholes named as Oldham boss – how have others from Class of ’92 fared as managers?

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The documentary ‘The Class of ’92’ was released in 2013, based on the players’ Manchester United careers

Almost 30 years have passed since Manchester United’s Class of ’92 first burst on to the scene.

David Beckham, Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt are the most famous six – the new kids on the block who would go on to win the historic Treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League seven years later.

More than a quarter of a century later, however, Sir Alex Ferguson’s proteges and their former team-mates have long hung up their boots and entered new chapters.

Five of them even bought a football club together – Salford City in 2014 – while Beckham joined them as a director at the club in January.

All six were involved in the 2013 film based on their achievements.

A number of the Class of ’92 have moved into management, the most recent being Paul Scholes, who is the new boss of Oldham Athletic.

So how have members of the Class of ’92 fared since taking their places in the dugout? BBC Sport takes a look, plus you can also have your say on how you think Scholes will fare in his first managerial role in our poll.

Phil Neville

Where is he now?: England women’s manager

Where has he been?: Valencia assistant and caretaker manager; Manchester United coach; England under-21s coach; Salford City joint caretaker-manager

Managerial record: Games 8; Won 5; Drawn 2; Lost 1 Win percentage 62.5 (England women)

The FA’s decision to name Phil Neville as England women’s manager certainly raised a few eyebrows in January 2018. This was, after all, someone with minimal managerial experience in the men’s game and none at all in the women’s.

But he certainly brought new interest to the women’s game as the Lionesses’ most high-profile manager, following a playing career that yielded 59 England caps and 10 major trophies with Manchester United.

Under Neville, England finished second at the SheBelieves Cup and qualified for this summer’s World Cup where they will be genuine contenders to lift the trophy come 7 July.

Gary Neville

Where is he now?: Sky Sports pundit

Where has he been?: Valencia manager; England assistant manager

Managerial record: G28 W10 D7 L11 Win% 35.7 (Valencia)

Most recently seen as a pundit for Sky Sports, Gary Neville has dabbled in management since his retirement from playing in 2011.

Almost exactly a year after he had last put on a pair of boots, Neville was appointed to the England coaching staff by newly appointed manager Roy Hodgson, before being made assistant manager through the 2014 World Cup and the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

In December 2015, he made the move abroad to become head coach of Valencia, where he worked with his younger brother Phil. He was sacked less than four months later.

Ryan Giggs

Where is he now?: Wales manager

Where has he been?: Player-interim manager, player-coach and assistant manager at Manchester United

Managerial record: G4 W2 D1 L1 Win% 50 (Manchester United); G9 W3 D1 L5 Win% 33.3 (Wales)

Ryan Giggs got his first taste of management before he retired, becoming player-coach at Manchester United in July 2013 under new manager David Moyes.

When Moyes was sacked the following April, Giggs became player-interim manager until Louis van Gaal’s appointment, before then announcing his retirement from playing that May and becoming Van Gaal’s permanent assistant.

He left United in July 2016 and was named as Wales manager in January 2018, succeeding Chris Coleman. His biggest test as manager will come later this year when Wales look to qualify for Euro 2020.

Paul Scholes

Where is he now?: Oldham manager

Where has he been?: Manchester United coach; Salford City joint caretaker-manager

Managerial record: N/A

Paul Scholes has a lifelong affinity with Oldham so it comes as little surprise he will start his managerial career at Boundary Park.

He was cleared by the English Football League to take the role, despite holding a 10% stake in Salford City.

He has taken baby steps into life on the other side of the touchline, becoming joint caretaker-manager of Salford City with Phil Neville for a brief spell in 2015.

That, along with a short spell on Manchester United’s coaching staff when Giggs took temporary charge following Moyes’ sacking in 2014, remains his only experience in the dugout.

Most recently, he has been an outspoken pundit for BT Sport, mostly airing his views on Manchester United post-Ferguson.

Nicky Butt

Where is he now?: Manchester United head of academy

Where has he been?: Manchester United assistant coach

Managerial record: N/A

Along with former team-mate Scholes, Nicky Butt has shied away from the spotlight after finishing his playing career in 2011, but it wasn’t long until he returned to the club where he made his name.

In October 2012, Butt joined United as a coach for their reserve team before being appointed head of academy in February 2016 – a position in which he has excelled with the likes of Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard coming through the Old Trafford ranks.

Whether he will one day become first-team manager at the Theatre of Dreams remains to be seen, but he was certainly a name fans were calling for in the months prior to Jose Mourinho’s departure.

Chris Casper

Where is he now?: Salford City sporting director

Where has he been?: Bury manager, Grimsby Town assistant manager

Managerial record: G113 W36 D33 L44 Win% 31.9 (Bury)

One of the lesser-known members of the Class of ’92, Chris Casper played for United, Bournemouth, Swindon and Reading before injury cut short his career at the age of 24.

It was during his rehabilitation at the University of Bath that he took his first steps into coaching, guiding Team Bath to the FA Cup first round alongside Paul Tisdale in 2002-03.

He joined Bury as a youth coach in 2004-05 before taking over their reserve team and eventually their first team, before being fired in 2008.

Since then he has had spells at Bradford City and Grimsby Town, as well as an academy role with the Premier League, before joining Salford City as sporting director in July 2017.

Simon Davies

Where is he now?: Manchester City head of coaching under-13s to under-23s

Where has he been?: Chester City manager

Managerial record: G30 W4 D9 L17 Win% 13.3 (Chester City – as permanent manager)

Simon Davies made 20 first-team appearances for Manchester United – scoring the opening goal in a 4-0 Champions League win over Galatasaray in 1994 – before playing for several clubs including Luton, Macclesfield and Bangor.

In 2006, he joined the coaching set-up at Chester City before being named caretaker manager the following year.

In 2008, he was caretaker manager again for a short spell and was given the job on a permanent basis that March, but was sacked in the November.

He joined Manchester City as a reserves coach in 2013 and replaced Patrick Vieira as manager of the club’s elite development system two years later, before moving to his current role in 2018.

And then there is David Beckham…

Where is he now?: Inter Miami owner; co-owner of Salford City

Managerial record: N/A

The most famous of the Class of ’92 by a country mile, David Beckham – England’s second-most capped outfield player – is more likely to be seen at a fashion show than a stadium touchline.

Previously a face of the likes of Armani, Calvin Klein, Pepsi and Adidas, he is perhaps the world’s most recognisable celebrity, yet returning to a football pitch in a coaching capacity doesn’t look like something on Becks’ agenda.

He has, however, remained involved with the game and in 2014 it was announced he would buy an Miami-based MLS expansion team for $25m. After many years of planning, it was announced last year that Inter Miami would hopefully begin to play in 2020.

In January he bought a 10% stake in Salford City to join his former team-mates as co-owner of the National League club.

Jokes about his lifestyle aside, Beckham does remarkable work for charity, most notably Unicef, has visited serving troops in Afghanistan and is a global ambassador for many more good causes around the world.

How have Manchester United’s Class of ’92 fared in management?

Almost 30 years have passed since Manchester United’s Class of ’92 first burst on to the scene. David Beckham, Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt are the most famous six – the new kids on the block who would go on to win the historic Treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League seven years later.

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