Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes admits he is missing day-to-day involvement in football, with a return to coaching -- or taking on a managerial role -- very much in his thoughts.
Scholes, with the Red Devils as a player from youth level until his second and final retirement in 2013, had a couple of brief stints coaching at United in 2011-12 and 2013-14.
Last year, the 40-year-old and his 'Class of 92' colleagues Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers became owners of Salford City, and he has since done a small amount of coaching their players.
Scholes was also in charge of the team, alongside Phil Neville, for one game when the non-league outfit were between permanent bosses last season -- although for the most part, he is more of a background overseer.
And speaking on Wednesday at the launch of new BBC documentary "Class of 92: Out of their League," which charts Salford's first season under the ownership of Scholes and his former United teammates, the ex-England international said: "I love football, I've not been involved now properly for two years and coaching is a way into it.
"I miss being involved day-to-day with players and being in a dressing room.
"If something comes up in the future that I fancy, then great. If it doesn't, then it doesn't. But it is definitely something I enjoy.
"It is probably what I miss most really, when you see teams getting ready for a Saturday afternoon -- you look at the results all the time and you are not involved. It is difficult not to be around.''
Scholes has been approached for his services this year by Oldham, and while he turned down the offer to become their manager in March, he stressed at the time his belief he would be their boss one day.
Regarding the prospect of becoming a manager, Scholes -- who has also been working as a television pundit in recent times -- said on Wednesday: "I'd be open to anything, yeah.
"I don't think you can close anything off really - if the right opportunity was there for me and I fancied it, I'd do it."
He added: "I had the one offer with Oldham that was difficult to turn down, but maybe in the future it might be something. It's definitely something I'd like to do in the future."
Although Scholes sees himself as part of a long-term project to get Salford -- who won promotion to English football's seventh tier last season - into the Football League, he has no plans to become their boss.
But when asked if people might see Scholes in management soon, he said: "Who knows? I hope so."