Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has revealed that he would like to one day manage Manchester United or Wales after he retires from professional football. The mystery of who will one day replace Sir Alex Ferguson once the legendary Scottish manager retires from the game are still rife, however Giggs, who is United’s record appearance holder with 839, will no doubt submit his CV when that time comes. David Moyes, Steve Bruce, Jose Mourinho and another legend Eric Cantona have all been linked with the hot seat at Old Trafford, but how do you think Ryan Giggs would fare?
The old cliche that great players do not make great managers will no doubt wield its pessimistic face, with John Barnes shivering in his size 42 inch shorts. However, Frank Rijkaard, Pep Guardiola and one of the greatest players to ever grace the earth Johan Cruyff all won things with Barcelona (including the European Cup). Mario Zagallo, who won the 1958 and 1962 World Cups as a player, led Brazil to the 1970 title and the 1998 final. Lastly, Franz Beckenbauer got to two consecutive World Cup finals in 1986 and 1990 – winning the latter, whilst also adding a Bundesliga title and UEFA cup to his extensive award list. Yes, if we do take a look at the most successful managers of all time; Ferguson, Herrera, Busby, Paisley, Michels, Happel and Mourinho – you would never say they were great players, in the same way that you would see Ryan Giggs. Many cite the ‘Glenn Hoddle’ syndrome of a frustrated figure when trying to teach inferior players what you would like them to do.
Ryan Giggs was speaking to the News Of The World and below are some extracts from the interview:
“My aim would be to manage either Manchester United or Wales. I don’t think I’ll know whether I’ll cope with the aggravation until I’ve finished playing and say ‘what do I do now? Football is such a massive part of my life and to just stop in your late 30s and do nothing is tough. Even though there is so much stress involved, I think a lot of players become managers and really enjoy it. I think Roy Keane really enjoys it.”
So can you see it? Ryan Giggs as the gaffer once Ferguson steps down? Would Giggs make a good manager?