Ryan Giggs appears to be on his way out of Manchester United after a 29-year association.
The Welshman was enjoying the role of assistant manager under Louis van Gaal but is set to be thrown off the front bench by his replacement Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho has long championed Rui Faria and it is believed the pair have already discussed their plans to revolutionise the Manchester United squad.
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For Giggs, it represents a significant step back as it was widely accepted that he would be given the chance to replace Van Gaal if and when his tenure came to a successful end.
And Mourinho's actions, or lack thereof, have given the 42-year-old the clearest sign yet that he is not overly valued by the Special One.
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According to the Daily Mail, Mourinho has not even spoken to Giggs since becoming Manchester United manager last Friday. Several other sources have claimed that there have been meetings, but this new report suggests Giggs is yet to hear from his new boss and the 13-time Premier League champion is annoyed by the complete lack of communication.
But it had been widely reported that Mourinho was keen to keep Giggs on board, albeit in a reduced capacity. While Mourinho wants his own backroom staff to come in alongside him, Giggs was going to be offered the chance to manage Manchester United's Under-21s.
But as many will attest, managing a youth squad while Mourinho is in charge makes you about as useful to the senior squad as a chocolate teapot. The Special One is renowned for his reliance on experienced stars over hot prospects, meaning Giggs' impact managing the young hopefuls will be minimal.
Instead, Giggs knows he can probably land a manager's role elsewhere, even if he needs to drop down a division to get it. His lack of managerial experience will stop him from landing current vacancies in the Premier League but a club in the Championship would surely give him a chance on reputation alone.
Such a move would see him become the 29th player to have served under Sir Alex Ferguson and then moved into management. The likes of Laurent Blanc, Steve Bruce, Mark Hughes and Roy Keane have all tried their hand with varying degrees of success after learning their trade from the legendary manager.
Gary Neville was the most recent to make the move, spending a disastrous four months as Valencia coach before being sacked. Giggs will be hoping his time shadowing under Van Gaal stands him in better stead than Neville, who spent most of his time between playing and management acting as a pundit for Sky Sports.
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