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Giggs bemoans lack of patience

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Ryan Giggs does not feel Mark Hughes' treatment at Manchester City should come as a surprise to any prospective manager.

In the wake of Hughes' exit from Eastlands, Sunderland manager Steve Bruce suggested the dismissal, coming in the wake of a 4-3 victory over the Black Cats and 17 matches into a Premier League season that has seen City suffer just two defeats, could put young coaches off entering the management game.

"It is the football world we live in," observed the 36-year-old, who has just signed another one-year contract at United that will see him complete two decades at Old Trafford. "There is not much patience around now. Managers know that going into a job after a few bad results, the press and the fans will get on to them."

He added: "You don't have as much time as you did 10 or 15 years ago. That is difficult when you are trying to build a team

"But all managers find themselves in that situation now. Sparky did a relatively good job at City but he is no different."

One of the other few obvious downsides about life in the football business is having to work over Christmas. When families across the country are tucking into their traditional roast dinner before slumbering in front of the fire, top flight stars tend to snatch a couple of hours in the morning before heading off to training and then spending a quiet evening in a hotel somewhere, preparing for a Boxing Day fixture.

Not this season for Giggs though. For the first time in his illustrious career, he has been able to spend the whole day at home with wife Stacey and children Libby and Zach, having been given the day off by Sir Alex Ferguson because United are not in action again until they face Hull at the KC Stadium on December 27.

"Until I had kids I never got excited about Christmas," said Giggs. "You just can't.

"You have to concentrate on playing on Boxing Day and you are always travelling on Christmas Day.

"That is one of the downsides about being a footballer. Once you have kids it is hard opening the presents, then going off to training, so, to have Christmas Day off for the first time in my career is definitely welcomed."

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