Monday 20 November 2017

League One, Two or abroad, I'll manage anywhere - Giggs

Open mind: Giggs. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Open mind: Giggs. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Miguel Delaney

Ryan Giggs says he is willing to take a managerial job abroad or even in League Two, but wants to wait for a stable club that fits his philosophy of the game.

The Manchester United legend also stressed that Swansea City are actually the only side he has spoken to as regards a role so far, despite being linked with a series of positions over the past two years.

Giggs has been out of the game since taking the personal decision to leave Old Trafford when Louis van Gaal also left in the summer of 2016, having previously worked as the Dutch coach's assistant for two years, after a brief spell as caretaker manager following David Moyes' departure in 2013-14.

Long tipped to eventually return to United at some point as boss, the 43-year-old wants to get back into management now, but is prepared to be patient.

"I'm enjoying myself right now," Giggs said when promoting the nomination period for the People's Awards in the McDonald's Community Awards.

"It was my decision to leave United. If there was an offer to go into management, I would look at it. That was the case. I spoke to Swansea last year. That was the only club I did speak to, even though I got linked with everyone, but the same again this year really.

"I'm busy enough, I'm enjoying the TV stuff, I do a bit of work for UEFA, technical observer stuff, so that keeps me within football, and I've got a few businesses, I've got Salford City and obviously I've got two young kids so I'm busy enough at the moment, and I've really enjoyed this year.

"It's a totally different experience to what I've had previously, just relax, not putting yourself under pressure so yeah, nothing has changed really, where if a club wants to talk, then I'll talk to them. Whether it be Premier League, Championship, League One, League Two, this country, another country, I'll look at all the options.

"I always maintained that it was not Premier League (or nothing), I would rather go to a good club lower down, who had the same ambition, same philosophy, rather than go to a Premier League team that are perhaps struggling, fire-fighting or have got owners that are famous for sacking after six months. It's really important that, when I do decide to go in, that the first job's right for me."

As regards his old club, Giggs thinks they and neighbours Manchester City should be considered as favourites for the title next season due to their prospective transfer business.

"They (United) have got a great chance. I think, in seasons gone past, you'd look at where you've finished, and United finished 20-odd points behind Chelsea and you'd think that's a lot to make up, but then you see Leicester (City) have won the league, Chelsea were 10th the season before, they went on to win it.

"United had the best squad last year, I don't think they had the best XI but I think, strength in depth, they had the best squad." (© Independent News Service)

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