Speed talks to Giggs about national team coaching role

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Wales manager Gary Speed has held discussions with former international team-mate Ryan Giggs over a possible role in his new coaching set-up.

The Manchester United midfielder, 37, was favourite to succeed John Toshack as Wales manager before Speed's appointment last week, but Giggs could now form part of the back-room team.

"It would be great to get him involved in some respect," Speed said of Giggs, who won 64 caps before retiring from international football in 2007. "I spoke to him and we'll have to wait and see. I want to bring the best people in for the sake of Welsh football."

Giggs, who is taking his coaching badges, succeeded Speed as Wales captain in 2004 before retiring from the international game three years later in order to prolong his club career.

Speed is also looking for an experienced coach to assist him, with Wales Under-21 boss Brian Flynn and Speed's right-hand man at Sheffield United, John Carver, potentially in the frame.

"I want to bring the best people in for the sake of Welsh football," continued the 41-year-old. "I want a good coach to do the day-to-day coaching sessions on the training pitch whereas I do more team shape.

"Then I would like an experienced man behind me who has had experience at maybe Premier League and international football (level) because I'm relatively young."

Speed's first match in charge will be the Nations Cup opener against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on February 8.