Manchester United insist that Ryan Giggs must stay at the club in some sort of coaching role to ensure that continuity is maintained within the club following David Moyes’ failure as manager this season.
With the club reluctant to offer Giggs the chance to make his interim role permanent due to his inexperience of winning titles at the highest level in Europe, a new manager is currently being sought after with Netherlands national team coach Louis van Gaal the current favourite to be the next United manager.
It is not yet known whether Van Gaal would be willing to keep Giggs on either as a player or as part of his coaching team, but it has been reported by The Independent that negotiations with the 62-year-old have hit a stumbling point over the role that Giggs would assume.
The Welshman has been given the task of leading United into their final four matches of the season, with the veteran midfielder getting his campaign off to a perfect start via the 4-0 victory over Norwich last weekend. His history with the club plus his vast experience on the pitch has led United’s executive to believe Giggs is the perfect manager for the future, but want the next appointment to be someone with a proven track record in Europe – something Giggs is said to agree with.
Following Real Madrid’s 4-0 demolition of Bayern Munich on Tuesday night to reach the Champions League final, Carlo Ancelotti is likely to remain in Spain beyond the end of the season, and the Italian confirmed earlier this week that it is his intention to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu for a “long time”.
The Guardian claim that while the new manager would be under no obligation to include Giggs – or any of the famed ‘Class of 92’ as Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville currently make up his coaching staff – they would be offered a role lower down the club in order to keep them up to date with the running of the club and poised to take over when the time is right.
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Despite the 40-year-old’s playing contract expiring at the end of the season along with his managerial role, Giggs has stressed that he won’t enter talks about his future until the interim role has come to an end. With just three games left to play this season, Giggs is facing the prospect of going the first ever Premier League season without scoring, having netted at least once in every season since the inception of the top flight format in 1992-93.
Giggs chose not to select himself for the victory over Norwich, instead gracing the Old Trafford dugout kitted out in a club suit, but with nothing left for the team to play for, it would be a sad sight not to see Giggs on the pitch one last time should he end his playing career at the end of the season. Luckily, that decision is up to him in more ways than one.
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