Rio Ferdinand believes that Ryan Giggs possesses the credentials to become the manager of Manchester United, but adds that his former colleague is doing the right thing by earning his stripes as a member of Louis van Gaal’s coaching staff rather than diving in at the deep end.
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Giggs was placed in interim charge of his beloved club following the sacking of David Moyes after only 10 months at the helm, and the Old Trafford legend had indicated that he would be interested in taking the position on a full-time basis.
But the club decided to go down a far more experienced route rather than give control to a rookie manager, with Louis van Gaal appointed to restore some stability following what was a brief and tumultuous reign under Moyes.
Ferdinand was a member of the Manchester United squad during this tenure, and the even shorter one of Giggs, and says the 40-year-old former winger has the in-depth knowledge of the club, along with a steely attitude, to one day succeed in the top job.
“I can’t read him. I don’t know if it’s his eyes, but you can’t read him. He’s just cold and calculated, he just sits there and he doesn’t say much, but you can see him analysing and taking it all on board,” Ferdinand said at the launch of his book #2sides.
“You could see that straight away when he took over. He wasn’t scared to make decisions. He brought young guys in, James Wilson scored on his debut, and [Giggs] was talking abou the history of the club and bringing the youth through. He understands it, he’s been there all his life.”
Giggs began taking his coaching badges while Sir Alex Ferguson was manager, and was added to the backroom staff by Moyes at the beginning of what transpired to be his final season as a player.
Ferdinand claims that this time spent in the shadows, which continues under Van Gaal, is the correct approach from Giggs and will serve him well when, somewhat inevitably, he is offered that opportunity again.
“I think he’s doing it the right way, he’s not jumped in two-footed at the biggest club in the world,” Ferdinand added.
“He’s gone in there under different managers - Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes and now Louis van Gaal - and is learning and honing his craft and one day he maybe gets that opportunity [to become manager].”
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