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Ryan Giggs: Swansea’s ambitions didn’t match mine

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has broke silence over the rumours of him being linked to the Swansea City managerial role after the Welsh side parted ways with Italian Francesco Guidolin. American manager Bob Bradley eventually was appointed with the top job at the Liberty Stadium. Giggs insisted his reason for not taking the job were “I just felt that their ambitions didn’t really match mine.” Talking on the issue as an ITV pundit ahead of England’s clash with Malta, Wales Online reports that Giggs said,

“I was enjoying my year out, which was a bit of travelling and broadcasting, and I then got the call off Swansea.

“I met with them a few times. But in the end there was just mixed messages from the football side and the ownership side of the club and I just felt that their ambitions didn’t really match mine so it didn’t work out.”

This comes after Giggs’ former Welsh teammate Robbie Savage criticised the Swans for choosing Bradley over Giggs. He believes this appointment has sent out the wrong message to up-and-coming British managers. The Wales Online reported that Savage hit out at Swansea during his column in the Daily Mirror saying:

“Giggs lost out to Bradley. That’s Swansea’s call, and good luck to Bradley, but what kind of message does that send young British managers trying to make their way in the game?

“Giggs played nearly 1,000 games for Manchester United spread over 24 years. What he doesn’t know about the Premier League, and what Swansea need to do if they want to stay in it, probably isn’t worth knowing.

“I was not present at Giggs’ interview, so I don’t know the reasons why he missed the boat.

“But if he didn’t tick enough boxes because there was no power-point presentation, or he hadn’t completed some human resources online module, football is going mad.

“Surely Giggs’ experience at Old Trafford and his knowledge of the terrain at Premier League level is worth a punt?

“Surely his two years as Louis van Gaal’s assistant, another season as player-coach under David Moyes and his month as caretaker when Moyes was sacked in 2014, counts for something?

“I know who would make me run through more brick walls.” 

The obvious standpoint when considering Giggs’ managerial future is that he has no managerial experience and two years on the sideline with Louis van Gaal doesn’t necessarily mean he will become a great manager. And just because he was a fantastic player for so many years and played under arguably the greatest club manager of all time in Sir Alex Ferguson, once again does not mean he will be able to translate those skills to the dugout.

The romanticist in me, and I’m sure all United fans, is for Giggs to find his feet somewhere and prove his worth and then take over from Jose Mourinho in a few years and lead United to glory for the next 15 years. But in reality, is that going to happen? Most probably not. Expecting to walk into a big Premier League side such as Swansea is ridiculous as well. Why would Huw Jenkins, Swansea’s chairman, want to appoint a manager based on his playing experience compared to a man who has managed all over Europe and stabilised the United States National Men’s Team. I believe, or rather, want to believe Giggsy has the quality to be a top manager, hopefully at United, but a project like Swansea, who could be facing a relegation battle based on their start of season form could have been too much to ask.

Savage makes a good point of who he thinks the players would rather run through brick walls for. There’s no doubting that Giggs’ accomplishments would be respected, however being a top manager requires more than just that. They need tactical awareness, and adaptability, and knowing how to approach games. Giggs is right, though, he needs to wait for the right role to put his skills to the test.

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