In recent years, future Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has become known for working with former footballers in his technical staff.
At the Dutch national team, to name just one example, Van Gaal currently works with his assistant Danny Blind, who is poised to stay on after Van Gaal's departure so that he can eventually take over from Van Gaal's immediate successor, Guus Hiddink.
From this perspective, Danny Blind can be regarded as a sort of student of Van Gaal. Serving as Van Gaal's assistant, Blind gets the chance to gain much-needed experience before taking on a high-profile position such as the Holland job.
At Manchester United, Ryan Giggs will function as Van Gaal's assistant. Much like Blind at the Dutch national team, the Welshman will get the chance to learn from the experienced manager. At some point in the future, Giggs could perhaps take over as first-team manager.
Apart from the appointment of Giggs and Van Gaal's assistants Frans Hoek and Marcel Bout, which former players could potentially join Van Gaal's technical staff at Manchester United?