Ryan Giggs has signed a four-year contract to become the new Wales boss beating the likes of Craig Bellamy and Chris Coleman’s former assistant Osian Roberts to the job. The 44-year-old has said he “can’t wait to start working with the players”, but is the former Manchester United assistant the right man for the Euro 2016 Semi-Finalists?
Upon retiring, the Welshman became Louis Van Gaal’s assistant and was alongside him for nearly two years before the former Netherlands manager was sacked in 2016. After leaving Old Trafford Giggs dabbled in punditry and was part of the group which included former Manchester United Legends; Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers, that purchased Salford City Football club in 2014.
However this begs the question, what football management experience does Ryan Giggs have at the highest level and should he be handed the Wales job based upon his highly successful playing career?
Before Giggs accepted the Wales job he stated he knew about the “players and the system” of the Welsh FA, but is this enough for someone who also said in December “I do feel I would be more suited to coaching at the top than coaching at the bottom”, which not only is a bullish statement to make but could be perceived as an insult to managers such as Tony Pulis, who was also under consideration for the Wales job. Pulis learnt the trade of football management in the lower leagues with Gillingham, Bournemouth and Bristol City, eventually becoming a Premier League manager with Stoke City in his second spell with the club. For the hard work Pulis has put into football over his 25 year managerial career, an individual with his experience deserves a ‘big break’ and a chance to shine at the very highest level.
It is clear to see in the professional game, many retired players, especially from the Premier League want too much too soon, especially the likes of Mikel Arteta at Manchester City (Assistant Manager) and Steven Gerrard at Liverpool (U18s Manager), jobs which an academy coach, who has committed their whole career to coaching, learning the game would dream of, but due to the calibre of player they are and contacts they have in the game, walk straight into a high profile coaching job.
It will be interesting to see whether Giggs will be a success with Wales despite his lack of managerial experience.
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