Monday 26 September 2016

Ryan Giggs is leaving Old Trafford after 29 years at Manchester United

Published 01/07/2016 | 13:57

Ryan Giggs made 963 Manchester United appearances and was assistant manager for the last two seasons.
Ryan Giggs made 963 Manchester United appearances and was assistant manager for the last two seasons.

Ryan Giggs' near lifelong association with Manchester United has come to an end today, according to reports.

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The Welshman had served as Louis van Gaal's assistant for two seasons - with an eye on succeeding him - but club bosses opted for Jose Mourinho when they ended the Dutchman's tenure with a year left on his contract at the end of this year's campaign.

Giggs was offered a diminished role on The Special One's staff, but the BBC are today reporting that Giggs has rejected that opportunity and will now leave the club he first joined as a youth player 29 years ago.

The 42-year-old Giggs won 13 Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two Champions Leagues and four League Cups in 24 seasons with the Red Devils.

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There was a feeling among many at the club that Giggs was being groomed for the manager's job but a significant slide in form in the post-Alex Ferguson era necessitated that United go for an experienced replacement after sacking Louis van Gaal.

Giggs has been linked with a number of jobs over the last few months - Celtic, Bolton, Nottingham Forest - but he rejected them all in the hope that he would ascend to the prime seat in the Old Trafford dugout.

With that prospect now gone for the time being, it will be interesting to see where Giggs opts to start his managerial career.

Away from coaching, Giggs enjoyed a highly regarded Euro 2016 punditry debut on ITV last night, so television might be an option if he doesn't want to move into full-time football management.

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