Thursday 22 February 2018

Odds slashed on Ryan Giggs taking over as Swansea manager

Ryan Giggs
Ryan Giggs

Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs has emerged as a shock contender to take over as Swansea boss, amid reports that he is ready to take over at the Welsh club.

Swansea are looking for a new manager after sacking Garry Monk on Wednesday, with the Brendan Rodgers believed to have rejected advances to make a return to the club he left to take over at Liverpool in 2012.

Now rumours are sweeping through the game suggesting Welsh soccer icon Giggs is ready to walk away from his role as Louis van Gaal's assistant at United to take up his first managerial posting.

Reports on Thursday suggested former Chelsea boss Avram Grant and ex-Sunderland manager Gus Poyet were contenders to replace Monk, yet the prospect of Giggs taking over well set pulses racing for Swansea supporters.

Giggs has been a loyal assistant to Van Gaal since he took over as United boss in the summer of 2014, with the veteran Dutch tactician persistently suggesting he wants his young sidekick to succeed him at Old Trafford.

Yet Giggs is unlikely to be handed he keys of power at United without proving his worth as a manager elsewhere and the prospect of walking into a Premier League job may be too tempting for him to turn down.

Giggs would appear to fit the mould of young managers Swansea have targeted in recent years, with Roberto Martinez, Rodgers and Monk enjoying success under the stewardship of chairman Huw Jenkins.

If he could lure Welsh icon Giggs to Swansea, it would be his most high profile appointment yet, with Giggs remaining silent in recent weeks as the tide of popular opinion has turned against Van Gaal among United fans.

Giggs could be the latest of Alex Ferguson's former players to take on a high profile management role, just a week after Gary Neville took over at Valencia.

The decision on who will take over at Swansea is set to be made in the next few days, with the club keen to have their new man in place ahead of the hectic Christmas fixture programme.

United have yet to comment on the reports that Giggs is considering his future as Van Gaal's assistant, with Swansea keen to make an ambitious appointment as the look to fill their managerial void.

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