Former Manchester United ace Paul Ince has rejected the idea that Ryan Giggs will be the man to replace Louis van Gaal as Old Trafford boss, claiming that the Welshman isn’t anywhere near experienced enough.
The Red Devils legend is currently serving as Van Gaal’s assistant manager, having hung up his boots after last season and decided to go into coaching.
Giggs for United?
The inevitable result of his transition is that certain quarters have tipped him to go into management right at the highest level, with some even predicting that he could replace Van Gaal - who earlier this week revealed the United job would be his last in football. Giggs himself has in the past been said to want to become manager.
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Yet Ince has moved to quash that theory, as relayed by the Daily Mail, as he believes there’s a far more viable candidate who also coincidentally happens to be an ex-student of Sir Alex Ferguson.
"To be Man United manager you need broad shoulders and take a lot of criticism. Roy (Keane) has broad shoulders and he is mentally tough. Things don’t affect him," said Ince.
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"He has a poker face, doesn’t show if things are affecting him, and there is no reason why Roy couldn’t go back to Manchester United (as manager)."
When asked about Giggs' prospects though, Ince was less confident.
"No chance," he said.
"You’ve got to go to a club that you can learn from and get experience. He’s not ready for Man United."
The reaction for Keane
It would be interesting to see how United fans would react were Keane appointed manager ahead of Giggs, particularly with the fiery Irishman having failed to overly impress during his stints in the dugout at both Ipswich and Sunderland. It’s fair to say he has substantially more experience than Giggs when it comes to being the main man rather than an assistant, but his record isn’t exactly shimmering.
That being said neither is Giggs’. Ince can speak from experience when it comes to perhaps being pushed into a big managerial job too early on, having been made Blackburn Rovers’ boss back in 2008 after working well at Macclesfield and then enjoying an eye-catching campaign with MK Dons. Yet the ex-Inter Milan man appeared out of his depth and was sacked after winning just three matches in 17 in England top flight.
The best route
Using that as a template Giggs might well want to spend a prolonged time learning his new craft in the lower divisions before attempting to seek the United hot-seat. There’s no doubt he’d be accepted due to his rapport with the fans and his already glistening reputation around the Old Trafford halls, but in the same vein he has a lot to lose if things don’t go swimmingly.
As was proven under the reign of David Moyes it takes a certain type of coach to be able to produce the sort of form and results needed to thrive as a United gaffer, and without the right experience Giggs could be opening himself up for a harsh fall.
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