Thursday 23 November 2017

Giggs open to potential Swansea role

Ryan Giggs could be in line for the manager's job at Swansea City. Picture: Getty Images
Ryan Giggs could be in line for the manager's job at Swansea City. Picture: Getty Images

Ian Herbert

The prospect of Ryan Giggs launching his managerial career in the top flight at Swansea City is becoming increasingly likely with the 42-year-old open to the role and the club's American shareholders thought to be ready to install him if manager Francesco Guidolin's bad run continues.

Giggs had been preparing to take six months out of the game after leaving Manchester United, visiting clubs such as Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Ajax. But Swansea would represent a good foothold in management for him and he believes that his nationality could help to compensate for a lack of experience, should the position fall vacant.

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins is interested in the idea of Giggs at the helm. He believes he could motivate a squad who have secured one point in 12 since their win at Burnley on the opening day of the season. The club's American ownership consortium, led by Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien, are reluctant to put the club through the turmoil of a sacking so early in their tenure. They are treading carefully and undertaking their own investigations into who would best lead Swansea into a strong Premier League position, should Guidolin not progress.

The Americans' preparations are certainly likely to include establishing assurances that Giggs would want the job, as they do not want a repeat of the mess when they sacked Garry Monk last December and had no replacement ready. Giggs was under consideration then but Swansea seemed determined to appoint a manager with experience rather than take a gamble on Giggs.

Manchester United certainly view Giggs as a future manager if he can succeed elsewhere, having reluctantly parted company with him this summer when he could not find the senior position he wanted after Jose Mourinho succeeded Louis van Gaal.

Giggs' determination to move into management is long-standing. He has accelerated into his coaching qualifications, working through Uefa B, A and Pro licences, accompanying England's Under-20s to Turkey in the summer of 2013, attending Warwick University's Business School and becoming the first individual to complete the mandatory qualification for Premier League and Champions League managers whilst still playing. (© Independent News Service)

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