Manchester United fans finally got confirmation that Louis van Gaal's reign had come to an end on Monday night but there is no news on the future of Ryan Giggs.
The Red Devils legend was handed the prominent role of assistant manager when Van Gaal took charge in 2014 and it was widely believed he was being groomed to succeed him. Things have not worked out for the Dutchman at Old Trafford and that is set to have huge repercussions for Giggs.
Jose Mourinho will be announced as Van Gaal's successor in the coming days and he is likely to bring with him a whole host of backroom staff. Rui Faria has been his assistant at every one of his jobs since 2001 and that is unlikely to change at Old Trafford.
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But, according to Sky Sports, Mourinho has told Ed Woodward that he is willing to find a role for Giggs in his coaching set-up, giving him a chance to extend his 29-year association with the club into its fourth decade.
Mourinho holds Giggs in high regard and is obviously aware of the huge influence the Welshman has in both the dressing room and across the club's gigantic fan base. Throwing the 42-year-old out of Carrington would heighten animosity before he even manages his first training session.
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However, while Mourinho is willing to keep Giggs at the club, there is no reason why the former winger would want to stay. Anything Mourinho offers is going to represent a demotion and Giggs may fancy his chances at another Premier League or Championship club.
Indeed, clubs in both divisions have been credited with an interest in hiring him as their head coach while a number of other outfits would certainly love to have him as an assistant manager.
Before any decision is made, Giggs will sit down with Mourinho in person to discuss his plans for both himself and the team. First and foremost, the Special One will have to agree a contract with Manchester United with his agent Jorge Mendes preparing to meet Woodward this week to finalise terms.
Several senior figures at Manchester United were desperate to see Giggs become the manager at some point in the near future. Having spent his entire career under Sir Alex Ferguson, Giggs is believed to personify the beliefs that Ferguson installed.
They are also hopeful of producing their own Pep Guardiola, who learned his trade coaching Barcelona B before taking charge of the senior team and experiencing tremendous success.
But it seems their obsession with returning to the top of the Premier League table as quickly as possible has taken president and Mourinho's experience has been championed.