The Telegraph revealed this week that former Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone was in talks with Manchester United over taking up a player-coach role with the club’s Under-21s.
Huddlestone was an extremely talented deep-lying playmaker during his time at Spurs and spent eight seasons at the club after arriving from Derby Couty in 2005.
The midfielder, who was known for his passing range and ball-striking ability with either foot, formed a formidable partnership with Luka Modric in the middle of the park during the 2009/10 season.
He made over 200 appearances for the Lilywhites and played a key role in the club qualifying for the Champions League in 2010 as well as in their progression to the quarter-final of the competition in 2010/11.
The Telegraph claim that Huddlestone is looking to move into football management and could take his first step towards coaching at Man Utd, who are in talks with him over a role with the Under-21 team.
The report explains that the role was previously done by Paul McShane, who served as player-coach with United’s youth sides.
If he takes up the role, Huddlestone will be allowed to play as an over-aged player in Premier League 2 matches but his primary role is expected to be to share his experience with United’s Academy players on the pitch and to work with them during training.
CBS Sports have now confirmed Huddlestone’s new position, including photos of him in the Man United training gear.
OFFICIAL: Tom Huddlestone joins Man Utd's Academy as a playing coach.
The 35-year-old will available as an over-age player for the Under-21s, his nearly 250 Premier League matches will provide experience. 🔴 pic.twitter.com/Q7vmCwAF2T
— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) August 2, 2022
Spurs Web Opinion
If Huddlestone possessed more mobility and athleticism, it is not an exaggeration to say that he would have been one of the best midfielders in the world. He was a master technician and the youngsters would United will be able to benefit a lot by being mentored by the 35-year-old.
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