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Fergie’s comments on Ryan Giggs as a manager

by Sam Peoples

Sir Alex Ferguson always backed Ryan Giggs to become a manager in the future as he felt he had the right mentality and garnered respect from his peers.

Giggs’ new role as interim manager until the end of this season has got Manchester United fans excited and the prospect of him taking up the job in the long term is certainly there.

In his autobiography, Ferguson also mentions a desire to see United’s longstanding players continue at the club after their playing career, citing Bayern Munich as a good example to follow and with the Class of ’92 at Old Trafford now, bar Gary Neville and David Beckham, it is something that could happen sooner rather than later.

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Here is what Ferguson said on Giggs and Scholes’ management potential in his book:

“My hope was that players who had grown up with us would carry things on at Carrington and maintain the continuity, much as Uli Hoeness and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, say, had at Bayern Munich.

“They understand how the club functions and the standard of player needed to keep the show rolling along. Whether that leads in the end to management cannot be known, because it depends how the coaching side develops. But Giggs and Scholes are both intelligent men who understand United’s soul and were great players themselves, so all the right stuff was there.

“Ryan could definitely be a manager because he’s so wise and players invariably respect him. His relative quietness would not be a barrier. The are plenty of non-vocal managers. But your character must be strong.

“To deal with a club like Manchester United, your personality has to be bigger than those of the players. Or, you have to believe it is, to control the whole picture. You have big players, wealthy players, world-famous players, and you have to rule over them, stay on top of them.

“There is only one boss of Manchester United, and that’s the manager. Ryan would need to cultivate that side of himself. But so did I, from 32 years of age.”

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