Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor has for over a decade been the big white elephant in the room at Old Trafford. The club knows Fergie will eventually step down, the fans know it and the players know it. Names of managers more or less likely to takeover from Sir Alex have engulfed the papers’ sport pages with increasing insistence over the last 12 months, and a new candidate seems to have emerged.
The candidate, isn’t available to replace Sir Alex as yet, for he’s too busy scoring league goals at the tender age of 39.
Ryan Giggs was praised by Reading manager Brian McDermott, ahead of tonight’s FA Cup fixture between the two clubs at Old Trafford. Talking to the Mirror, McDermott said:
“I met him [Ryan Giggs] at Burton. He was doing his pro-licence and he has all the ingredients to be a top manager.
“I was really impressed, he came up to me and shook my hand. He is humble and quiet.
“I asked him how many medals he had won. He was very blase and just said 12. I asked what he did with them all and he said they were in museums. He was a polite man.
“I’ve read a lot on Bill Shankly and what he did – Jock Stein, too. Sir Alex Ferguson also has to be right up there.
“From when he took over to where they are now is incredible. I have a lot of time for him.”
While picturing Giggsy in the dug-out barking instructions would please the romantics, the Welshman is likely to be the first to shy away from the hot-seat for he obviously doesn’t possess the required experience to succeed Sir Alex. On the other hand, Giggs could follow Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s path and become involved with coaching the reserves, an experience that has prove invaluable for the Norwegian, who has since won two league titles in Norway.
Any odds on United beating Barcelona in the 2020 Champions League final with Giggsy and Ole on the bench?
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