If Ryan Giggs is to stand any chance of becoming Manchester United manager someday, he must leave the club this summer.
Giggs is said to be unhappy at Man United after it emerged that Jose Mourinho is unwilling to have the Welshman as his assistant at Old Trafford next term. Rui Faria is set to fill the role instead.
Giggs’ 29-year association at United is now in doubt. He has reportedly been offered a lesser role within the new setup at the club but it is understandable that he would be reluctant to take it. The 42-year-old has dedicated the majority of his life to United. Why should he accept a position that will likely see him fade into mediocrity behind-the-scenes?
Unfortunately for Giggs, he has been a victim of Louis van Gaal’s disastrous spell as boss of United. The club simply cannot afford another mediocre campaign and Mourinho represents the ‘safe bet’ in terms of getting back to the top.
Giggs might point to Pep Guardiola, who enjoyed huge success with Barcelona after he was promoted from within, and Zinedine Zidane, who won the Champions League with Real Madrid this week as a relative rookie.
But circumstances are different at United. Barcelona and Madrid had ready-made, world-class squads when Guardiola and Zidane took charge. United are a team firmly in transition and an experienced head is necessary to steer the ship forward. And the likes of Guardiola are exceptions to the rule. For every Pep, there are numerous failures such as Clarence Seedorf or Filippo Inzaghi. Both disappointed during spells as AC Milan boss.
Giggs, therefore, must swallow his pride and search for the chance to prove himself elsewhere. If he is truly a gifted manager, he should be able to deliver at a lesser club than United. Mourinho did it with Porto, why shouldn’t Giggs? The United job overwhelmed both David Moyes and van Gaal and it would be a shame to have Giggs go the same way. He must prepare himself, be patient and wait for his opportunity to take over his beloved club.