Manchester United's prospective new manager Louis van Gaal has given the clearest indication yet that Ryan Giggs will be appointed as his assistant after revealing that he likes to keep an existing member of the coaching staff with him when he starts work at a new club.
The Daily Star reports how the Holland head coach is on the verge of agreeing a £7million per year deal at Old Trafford, which will see him take over after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil this summer.
For a while there had been suggestions that Van Gaal wanted to bring Patrick Kluivert with him to England, raising doubts over the future of Manchester United's interim boss.
However, the 62-year-old is believed to have had a change of heart after realising that Giggs could play a huge role in helping him rebuild the Manchester United team, as well as providing an invaluable link with the dressing room.
"When I go to a new club, I always want to keep one coach from the existing staff," explained Van Gaal. "That person at Bayern was Herman Kerland, who is still working under Pep Guardiola.
"I wanted to know who was coming through the youth system - and he is the man who said to me '(Thomas) Muller, Badstuber and Alaba. These are the players.'
"So I let them train with the first team, I observed them - and then I decided where they were going to play."
Giggs has been in caretaker charge since David Moyes was sacked by the Manchester United board last month following a disastrous debut campaign since succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson as manager.
The Welsh veteran intimated in his post-match press conference on Sunday that he will make a decision on his future next week, but is expected to accept the role of No.2 under Van Gaal from the start of next season.