After 18 months waiting for the right opportunity to come along, Ryan Giggs has finally landed his first permanent job in management.
The Manchester United and Premier League legend, who worked as Louis van Gaal’s assistant at Old Trafford for two seasons before leaving the club when Jose Mourinho was appointed manager in 2016, will coach the Welsh national team until 2022 after signing a four-year contract on Monday.
“I am so proud to have been given the honour of managing the national team,” Giggs told reporters, per BBC Sport, at his opening press conference. "The challenges that we have ahead of us with the Nations League and qualification for Uefa Euro 2020 excite me a great deal.”
Giggs has previously been linked with a host of jobs both inside and outside of the Premier League and turned down the chance to manage Swansea City shortly after leaving United.
It seemed no opportunity would be good enough for Giggs, who told The Times last month: “I do feel I would be more suited to coaching at the top than coaching at the bottom.”
The 44-year-old felt that his vast experience with United - in both a playing and coaching capacity - held him in good stead to take a top job. However, top jobs are rarely offered to coaches with such little experience.
Wales, however, have taken a gamble on the Cardiff-born superstar, who represented his country on 64 occasions.
Alan Shearer takes a cheeky dig at Giggs
On hearing the news, Alan Shearer couldn’t resist taking a cheeky dig at Giggs, who missed many Wales games during his career through injury.
“I don't think he played a friendly for around nine years, until 2000,” the Premier League’s all-time leading goalscorer said on Match of the Day. “So good luck trying to get the players together.”
Shearer isn’t the only person who has had a pop at Giggs over the past couple of days. Many other football supporters have also questioned how committed Giggs was to Wales during his illustrious career.
Wales fans aren't impressed with Giggs appointment
Welsh football fans, meanwhile, have been less than enthused by the idea of Giggs replacing Chris Coleman.
Giggs' final team-talk as United interim boss was terrible
And they’ll probably be even more concerned when they watch this clip of his final team-talk while in temporary charge of United when David Moyes was sacked towards the end of the 2013-14 campaign.
Team-talks are supposed to be inspiring, right? If not inspiring then at least informative.
But this particular team-talk, which was held before United drew 1-1 away at Southampton on the final day of the season and broadcast on the ITV documentary series ‘Life of Ryan: Caretaker Manager’, was completely underwhelming.
Watch: Giggs' uninspiring final pre-match team-talk
Watch the eye-opening footage here…
No wonder United failed to beat Southampton
No wonder United failed to win the match - and no wonder Giggs failed to land the job on a permanent basis.
Your average Sunday League manager could have delivered a more useful team-talk.
Hopefully he’s improved his team-talk technique since then. If not, then Wales could be in serious trouble.
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