Stan Collymore has questioned whether Ryan Giggs is the right man to replace Louis van Gaal at Manchester United.
Giggs, currently assistant manager at Old Trafford, has long been touted as van Gaal’s successor. His backers point to Pep Guardiola, who worked behind the scenes at Barcelona before enjoying huge success with the first team, as proof that Giggs could work.
But Man United’s poor form this term has led to strong rumours that the club are keen on bringing in Jose Mourinho. Collymore poured cold water on the Giggs speculation and rubbished calls that the Welshman would emulate Guardiola’s achievements.
“Giggs is the one who concerns me, too much talk of ‘he’s our Pep’ is nonsense, he may be better, he may be awful but to compare two guys just because they were club greats who had a desire to manage their clubs is like suggesting David Moyes was the right man because he’s a gritty Scot in the Fergie mould,” Collymore said.
Collymore is right: for every Guardiola, there is a Clarence Seedorf or Pippo Inzaghi who struggle to make the transition into management.
United simply cannot take the risk in appointing Giggs as manager as another period of mediocrity would be disastrous for the club in the long-term. Mourinho is a proven winner and the ‘safest bet’ in terms of taking United back to the top.
For Giggs, perhaps a spell in a management role elsewhere would serve him well before coming back to Old Trafford. Swansea City and Celtic have reportedly expressed interest in him in recent months.