Ryan Giggs' Manchester United interim reign kicked off on Saturday with a 4-0 win over relegation strugglers Norwich.
The combination of the comprehensive win along with his legendary club status has led to many fans calling for him to get the full time role at Old Trafford. Despite the fans' pleas though, the United board must resist the temptation to install the Welshman as full time boss.
Lets look at this logically. The problem with David Moyes was that, above all else, he did not have the big club experience that United required - now, does Ryan Giggs? Sure he has played the club for close to three decades, but great players don't make great managers. Take a look at Alan Shearer, Roy Keane and Bryan Robson.
Giggs just doesn't have managerial experience at the top level, a trait that is especially important given the mistakes in choosing Sir Alex Ferguson's successor. Even Pep Guardiola managed the Barcelona B side for a year before he moved on to take over the first team. Giggs has only had around one season as a player/coach with little involvement.
The other issue is the squad overhaul in the summer - and the man who will oversee that. Now, on one hand we have Louis van Gaal, a man who has worked in football management for decades and knows all the talent from his vast scouting.
On the other we have Giggs, a player who has focused all his thoughts on playing and training for 27 years. The only scouting knowledge he could recall would be some football on TV in his spare time. Can United really afford to sit back and wait another year for a new man to scout his targets? In short, no, they cannot.
Now, lets say Giggs did take over, and this time next year we are even worse off in the league. If getting rid of Moyes caused so much hassle, how hard would it be to oust the most decorated player in Premier League history?
It would be near impossible to do so without bitterness infecting the relationship between Giggs and the club, and that's without considering the fans' uproar. United couldn't afford to slip further away from the Champions League whilst still in debt, so the task of cutting off Giggs would sever the already brittle Glazer-fan reputation.
One of the major points being thrown in his favor is of course the respect he is currently commanding from the dressing room. The problem is, whilst these players respect Giggs because they have played with him for so long, the same may not be said for other players coming in from overseas who haven't been his team mate. We have already seen dressing room cliques take a major toll no form this season.
So, whilst the prospect to every United fan (me included) is one of dreams, the Old Trafford board have to tread carefully. They cannot afford to get this desicion wrong, and whichever way you look at it, putting a first time manager in charge of the team is a much bigger gamble than David Moyes.
That's not to say Giggs shouldn't be Manchester United manager one day, far from it. It may in fact be that in the not too distant future that he will lead the Reds out onto the Theatre of Dreams' pitch - it shouldn't be just yet, however. Let Giggsy get some experience as a full time coach, give him a few years to scout, take full training sessions and work closely with the new manager. Preferably one with quite a bit of experience. Then, in a few years, give him the golden opportunity with a much bigger chance of success than what he posses now.
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