Phil Jones ‘in the market for new house’ after leaving Man Utd and changing career

Last season, Phil Jones returned to Manchester United, but this time in a completely different role.

In 2023, the former England international concluded his 12-year tenure at Old Trafford following a protracted struggle with injuries.

To the surprise of many, the seasoned center-back chose not to hang up his boots. He returned to Red Devils in September to help the academy coaching staff, and he hasn’t found a new club since.

He was seen celebrating with the under-18 team at Old Trafford, who had been under his tutelage for training sessions in recent months and had won the Premier League, PL North, and PL Cup.

He was seen celebrating with the under-18 team at Old Trafford, who had been under his tutelage for training sessions in recent months and had won the Premier League, PL North, and PL Cup. According to the Mirror, United has been assisting him in getting a UEFA coaching A licence.

In the meanwhile, he enrolled in the PFA’s global football sports directorship course, which is taught by former Barcelona director of football Andoni Zubizarreta and former FA technical director Les Reed.

“Start of a new journey,” Jones wrote on social media at the time. “Great to begin the global football sports directorship course with the PFA business school, learning new things about the game, whilst also continuing to push ahead with my A licence and badges at the club that gave me so much. Excited to get started.”

Although Jones forged a fresh partnership with his former boss, Jones did not sign a coaching contract with United, and it is not the intention that he will be around for the long haul.

That means his future is still up in the air. Considering that he hasn’t formally retired yet, there might be one more season left in him on the pitch when the summer transfer arrives.

The Lancashire Evening Post claims he’s buying a family house in South Ribble, close to Preston, where he spent his formative years, so a move seems improbable. It is understood that he is having a sizable property built in the Longton village.

Jones currently lives in Cheshire, a popular area for footballers playing in the north west region. His latest switch makes transferring to a new club appear not to be on the cards at this time, although he’s keeping his options open.

His work with the under-18s was praised by manager Adam Lawrence, who told the Manchester Evening News in December: “It’s been great with Phil, he is with us weekly. He spends time with the under-14s and under-18s as well so he gets to experience like the different age groups of the academy.

“But for us, he’s been great. He’s obviously from the club in terms of his background and what he’s done here and I think as well for the players, to not just learn from him in terms of the areas of his game and his knowledge.

“But also some of the off the field stuff and what they’re going through. Whether it be team selection, how you prepare for games, diet, nutrition. He’s added some real value from a different way.”

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