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Ferguson endorses Giggs for permanent Manchester United job

Apr 25, 2014, 9:38 PM EDT

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Sir Alex Ferguson, legendary former Manchester United manager and current board member, has reportedly backed interim player-manager Ryan Giggs for the permanent job at the helm.

With David Moyes‘ sacking, Giggs has been given the job for the rest of the season, but the club likely will want someone with more experience and a bigger name.

However, Ferguson stated at a fundraising dinner in Manchester that Giggs is the man for the job longer than just the four matches remaining.

“I think that he [Giggs] is the one man they should go to, really,” Ferguson said.

“He’s got 20-odd years of experience at Manchester United. I signed him as a kid at 13 years of age. He’s gone through the gamut of emotions at the club – he’s experienced all the highs and lows. He knows exactly what’s needed to be a Manchester United player.”

Giggs made his Manchester United senior debut in 1990, and has made 871 appearances across all competitions with the English giants.

Many names have been thrown around for the job, but many at the top of the list have distanced themselves from the position, such as Carlo Ancelotti and Jurgen Klopp.  Giggs has plenty of knowledge of the inner workings of Manchester United, but lacks any managerial experience.

The 40-year-old midfield icon called being named manager of his career club “a proud moment,” and said he wishes to “bring back smiles” to the faces of fans.

Hiring Giggs certainly would have its risks involved, with his lack of experience, and if he were to fail in restoring Manchester United to European play the board would fall deeper into distress.  However, if he were to succeed, it could provide a renewed club loyalty giving the permanent job to a playing legend.

  1. buckyball77 - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    So Sir Alex wants to guarantee that no one follows him with any comparable success? If so, it’s the right move to get Giggs in the slot as quick as possible.

    Being a “loyal servant” of a club is a small part of success as a manager. If Giggs fails at ManU, his next managing job is in the third division or below.

  2. drewvt6 - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    Dear Sir Alex – just shut it already. geesh.

  3. lavatomy - Apr 26, 2014 at 3:13 AM

    Didn’t he also endorse Moyes?

  4. mazblast - May 1, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Alex’ second recommendation may not be received by management with the same obedience and reverence as his first choice, but I have no idea why.

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