Sunday, April 22, 2018

Ryan Giggs: What Next for Man Utd Legend?

Ending to nearly three decades long stay at Man Utd / Image via

An end to nearly three decades long stay at Man Utd / Image via

Welsh wizard Ryan Giggs was a one-club man, a member of a dying species in world football.

With modern players being compared to nomads, it is becoming more difficult to find a player ready to dedicate his entire playing career to one club, to one cause. Ryan Giggs was that kind of a man, one who invested more than all of his playing days into helping Manchester United achieve the cult status this club is enjoying.

Ryan Giggs has spent the total of 29 years at Manchester United. Having ended his long association with the club as a record holder with 963 appearances and a year left in his contract, Ryan Giggs has left the club with hopes of pursuing a managerial role elsewhere.

The 42-year-old Welsh legend has passed all of his coaching badges and even had a four-game spell as caretaker when David Moyes was sacked at the end of the 2013-14 season and Giggs was hoping he will be offered a chance to succeed Louis van Gaal who he worked alongside for the past period.

As the club board turned to Jose Mourinho as their preferred choice ultimately increasing the odds on Man Utd to win the Premier League to 7/2, Ryan Giggs decided to leave Old Trafford thus signalling an end to an era.

Is Mou to be blamed to Giggs’ departure?

Many would argue that it was personally Mourinho’s fault that Ryan Giggs decided to leave Manchester United.

During his unveiling as Man Utd boss however, the Portuguese tactician has revealed the truth behind Giggs’ departure.

“It is not my responsibility that Ryan is not in the club. The job Ryan wanted is the job the club decided to give me. Ryan wants to be Manchester United manager”, Mourinho said.

New Manchester United boss claims he would have never asked the club to get rid of their legend, adding that Giggs could have chosen any role he wanted to remain at Old Trafford. Ultimately, the Portuguese insists that Giggs is welcome to return to the club at any point during Mourinho’s stay in Manchester.

Ryan Giggs is heading into the unknown, into the uncharted territory with great courage and bravery, much like Jose Mourinho when he decided to abandon his Barcelona assistant manager role in order to pursue individual managerial career.

Portuguese had two years left with his contract with Blaugrana when he opted to leave, which ultimately proved to be a wise choice for the man who became one of the greatest tacticians on the planet.

Ryan Giggs would certainly hope to emulate Mourinho’s career, but he should be aware there is a long road ahead of him.

So, what next for Giggsy?

After nearly three decades spent at a single club, Giggs’ decision to leave Old Trafford raised plenty of eyebrows, but has also attracted plenty of suitors who are ready to give him a chance to come on board and make his managerial debut.

With his mind set to becoming a manager in his own right and returning to Manchester United some day as a proven managerial force, Ryan Giggs is sure to analyse all of his options before making a final decision.

With club preseason yet to commence, the timing for this new beginning seems just right for the Welsh legend.

Or is it?

Before his final decision to leave United was made, Ryan Giggs was being put in the mix for several managerial posts at clubs, who are undergoing staff changes at the time.

Scottish giants Celtic being one of them have found their replacement for Deila in the like of former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers who was appointed boss in May. Looking from this perspective it seems that Scottish club would have been a perfect opportunity for an inexperienced tactician such as Ryan Giggs.

Championship side Nottingham Forest were looking for a replacement for Dougie Freedman who was sacked in March and the 42-year-old Ryan Giggs was mentioned as one of the candidates for the job, but Forest ultimately chose to go with Philippe Montanier.

The main point here is that the majority of clubs look to solve their managerial issue prior to preseason so that the new boss would be given enough time to prepare his team for challenges that lie ahead.

Ryan Giggs might end up being empty handed for the beginning of season 2016-17 as he probably will and there is a question on what he should do to cut the time before he found his new home.

A punditry game perhaps and a path taken by his Man Utd teammates Paul Scholes and Gary Neville?



Milos Markovic

Formerly a Chief Editor at the largest sports site in Serbia, Milos Markovic is an avid football writer who contributes to a variety of online football magazines - most prominently and His feature articles, editorials, interviews and match analyses have provided informed opinion and views, helping the football aficionados keep up to date on relevant events in world football.



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