Thursday 14 December 2017

United to let Louis van Gaal decide whether he will hire Ryan Giggs as assistant coach

Netherlands' coach Louis van Gaal
Netherlands' coach Louis van Gaal

Jason Burt

Manchester United will not insist that Louis Van Gaal retains Ryan Giggs as part of his backroom staff when the Dutch coach is appointed the club’s next manager this week.

There has been an assumption that United would like Giggs, who is currently interim manager, to be Van Gaal’s assistant, but that has not been a stipulation in the negotiations and will not be a ‘deal-breaker’ if Van Gaal does not want him.

However, United do want a former player to be involved in the setup at some level and would be concerned if Giggs and the rest of the “Class of 92” – Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville – are all overlooked, a move which they are aware would be poorly-received by supporters.

“We like continuity. It’s important as a perspective on the club,” a senior source said. “Through all the major structures and the coaching staff we want a thread of continuity. Who they are is up to the manager. We won’t force someone on the manager.

“But our strong view is we want continuity. We have Ryan, Chris Woods [goalkeeping coach] who has been there a year, Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes. I don’t know who will end up going forward. The guy who is currently interim manager [Giggs] would look to be favourite.”

Van Gaal has made it clear he wants to take Patrick Kluivert as his main assistant and also bring a number of other staff from his Dutch backroom set-up including Danny Blind, goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek, physio Jos van Dijk and video analyst Max Reekers.

Giggs, for his part, has hinted he is prepared to leave United to further his management career, suggesting he feels he might not be retained.

“It would be strange,” Giggs admitted of going to another club. “I’ve been extremely lucky that I’ve only worked at United and I’ve done my best. If I went elsewhere I would do exactly the same. It would be strange but I don’t see it that ‘you can’t do it’.”

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