Phil Jones has confirmed on social media that he has enrolled on the PFA Business School's Global Football Sport Directorship course and is also undertaking his coaching badges with Manchester United.
The 31-year-old made 229 appearances for United, but left earlier in the summer upon the expiry of his contract.
In a social media post, he said: "Start of a new journey. Great to begin the global football sport 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."
The PFA Business School has collaborated with programme co-directors Andoni Zubizarreta and Les Reed, along with a team of top football sport directors from around the world, to develop the Postgraduate Diploma in Global Football Sport Directorship.
This programme aims to provide aspiring sporting directors with specialised training in the most complex and technical subjects that have never been covered in any training programme previously. Its ultimate goal is to prepare future sporting directors for the challenges that the football industry presents on a global scale.
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