From management to property development: As Paul Scholes quits as Oldham boss, what are the rest of the Class of ’92 up to these days?
- Paul Scholes has resigned after just four weeks in charge of Oldham Athletic
- The former England star managed one win from his seven games at the helm
- He joins Gary Neville as the second Class of ’92 figure to stutter in management
- Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville are involved in coaching positions
Paul Scholes has quit Oldham Athletic after just 31 days in charge of the club.
The former Manchester United midfielder said that he was ‘not able to operate’ as he had intended when he took over last month, and he now joins Class of ’92 team-mate Gary Neville on the management scrapheap.
Despite resigning as a director of Salford City when he he was appointed Latics boss, Scholes still holds a 10 per cent stake in the club with his former FA Youth Cup-winning team-mates.
He may well resume that role now that he is out of work, but what are the rest of the Class of ’92 up to? Sportsmail finds out:
Paul Scholes has resigned at Oldham Athletic after just four weeks in charge of the club
After Scholes’ resignation, what are the rest of the Class of 92 up to? Sportsmail finds out
David Beckham – Football club owner, businessman and philanthropist
David Beckham is as much a brand as he is a football icon these days but he continues to have strong interests in the beautiful game.
He is currently spearheading a project to bring a new soccer franchise to Major League Soccer in 2020.
Beckham and an ownership group bought a place in MLS for Inter Miami – who intend to field a team next season. There are also plans for a new stadium, which will be ready in 2021.
David Beckham owns Major League Soccer franchise Inter Miami which will debut in 2020
He has also ventured into club ownership in the UK – joining the rest of his Class of ’92 team-mates as a director of the club by purchasing a 10 per cent stake in Salford City in January.
Beckham regularly appears in advertising campaigns and works with multiple charities, acting as an ambassador UNICEF and Malaria No More among others. Last year he was appointed Ambassadorial President of the British Fashion Council.
Gary Neville – Pundit and property developer
Gary Neville is familiar to football fans across the country for his incisive analysis and pithy exchanges with fellow pundit Jamie Carragher on Sky Sports.
The outspoken former England defender was a key factor in the success of Sky’s Monday Night Football, which has led the way in regards to televised football analysis.
Neville has also dabbled with football management but burned his hand at Valencia, where he struggled to revive an ailing side. He only managed to pick up 14 points from 16 games, and left the club just six points above the drop zone.
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville is renouned for his incisive punditry on Sky
It transpired that he wouldn’t be the first to struggle at the Mestalla but the damage was done, and he has remained in the comfort of the television studio ever since.
He was also an important figure behind the Class of ’92’s involvement in Salford City, buying the club along with his brother, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt back in 2014.
They have targeted taking the side into the Football League and invested substantial sums in radically transforming the club. The group also sold a 50 per cent stake in Salford to businessman Peter Lim in September 2014.
Neville has a strong property portfolio, owning the Football Cafe in London and Hotel Football which is adjacent to Old Trafford in Manchester. He also has plans to set-up a university, known as University Academy 92, along with his Youth Cup winning team-mates.
Phil Neville – England women’s team manager
Phil Neville’s coaching career is on a more upward trajectory compared that of his brother at present. The former Everton and Manchester United defender is currently the manager of the England women’s team, despite having no prior experience of the women’s game.
But he has so far proved successful, guiding England to the World Cup in France later this year, and more recently, winning the SheBelieves Cup for the first time.
Phil Neville has already enjoyed plenty of success as coach of England women’s national team
England saw off competition from Brazil and world champions the United States to lift the trophy.
Neville worked as an assistant coach at Valencia before his brother took charge – working under current Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo – and regularly appeared as a television pundit for the BBC.
Neville is also co-owner of Salford City – taking temporary charge of the first team for a short time in 2015.
Ryan Giggs – Wales men’s national team manager
Like most of his illustrious Class of ’92 team-mates, Ryan Giggs has taken the plunge into coaching and currently manages the Wales national team.
Not one famed for his insight from football punditry, Giggs’ focused his energies on entering management after retirement at Manchester United in May 2014.
Ryan Giggs took charge of Wales last year and he has so far won three matches from nine
The Welshman made 963 appearances at Old Trafford and earned his coaching stripes at Old Trafford, taking temporary charge of the club following the sacking of David Moyes in April 2014 – winning two matches, drawing one and losing another.
He would later be an assistant to Louis van Gaal and was tipped to succeed him by the affable Dutchman, but left the club following the arrival of Jose Mourinho. His first role as manager came two years’ later, when he took the Wales job.
So far he has won three matches from his first nine games in charge. Giggs owns a 10 per cent stake in Salford City, like the rest of his former Class of ’92 team-mates.
Nicky Butt – Manchester United’s Head of Academy
Nicky Butt has kept a much lower profile since ending his football career for South China in Hong Kong in 2011.
The understated midfielder has also played a key role in the purchasing of Salford City and is one of the club’s directors with a 10 per cent stake.
Former Red Devils midfielder Nicky Butt is now the Head of Academy at his old club
After retirement Butt returned to Manchester United and joined the club as a coach, working with the reserve squad.
He replaced Brian McClair as the club’s head of the academy in 2016 and since November that year, he has been in temproary charge of the Red Devils’ Under-23s.
Last season United’s reserves were relegated to Premier League 2 after a disappointing season.
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