Former Manchester United forward Ruud van Nistelrooy will take his first steps into coaching later this year.
The Dutchman will return to PSV Eindhoven in time for the start of the 2013/14 campaign when he will begin his foray into the world of coaching, where he will look to pass on the skills that made him one of the most instinctive finishers of the past decade.
"I'm going to start my coaching badges in September," van Nistelrooy told United's official website. "It's going to be in Holland as I'll start at PSV in September and get my coaching experience with them.
"It is part of a course and I'm looking forward to that and will see where it takes me. It lasts for three years so it's quite a big thing for me. I'm going to take my time, not rush it and take it step by step."
Van Nistlelrooy scored 150 goals in 219 games during his five seasons at Old Trafford, before moving to Real Madrid in 2006 where he continued his sensational goal scoring exploits.
Spells at Bundesliga outfit Hamburg and Malaga followed, but it was after his retirement last summer that the 36-year-old decided not to follow in the footsteps of the likes of former Reds Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Steve Bruce and Paul Ince and try management out for size.
"I always said I'd never do it," Van Nistelrooy added. "But now, once I'd retired, I had a year out in Marbella and it was fantastic to come to terms with retirement and what has happened over the past 20 years.
"I've come to terms with that and also what is next so, in that sense, I've had a great year to see where my interests lie"
"It is definitely towards passing on my experience over many, many years. I think for me to share it, with the coaching this year and taking the course, it is the right thing to do."
Van Nistelrooy will don the United shirt one last time when a team of United legends assemble to take on a Real Madrid XI in a 'Legends Are Back' friendly at Old Trafford on June 2.
The Dutchman will line up alongside former United stars Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, Denis Irwin, Lee Sharpe, Edwin van der Sar, Jaap Stam among others, to take on a Madrid side featuring Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo, Fernando Hierro and Fernando Redondo.