Ryan Giggs has ended his 29-year stay at Manchester United, according to the BBC.
The Welshman, who made a record 963 appearances for the club, before becoming a coach and then assistant manager, has agreed a settlement at Old Trafford after turning down Jose Mourinho’s offer of a coaching role.
Giggs had been Louis van Gaal’s assistant for the previous two campaigns but, with Mourinho bringing in his trusted right-hand man in Rui Faria, the former winger was never going to remain in that capacity.
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Having passed all of his coaching badges, Giggs will now pursue a career in management - something he hasn’t been able to do at the Theatre of Dreams.
With Giggs being associated with the club for so long, fans are devastated to see him leave. In fact, many of United’s fanbase weren’t even alive before Giggs joined the club on his 14th birthday in 1987. Check out the reaction below:
After arriving as a 14-year-old, Giggs made his first-team debut against Everton on March 2, 1991 at the age of 17. He barely looked back from that moment onwards and managed to win 13 league titles, two European Cups, four FA Cups and four League Cups to become the most decorated British player of all-time.
At the end of his career, Giggs became a player-coach under David Moyes and was appointed as interim manager when the Scot was dismissed before the end of the season. He was keen to take the job on a permanent basis but was overlooked when United chiefs opted for Van Gaal, meaning Giggs had to settle for his assistant.
But Giggs was, once again, unsuccessful in his attempt to become United’s manager after the sacking of Van Gaal with Mourinho immediately being appointed.
The Portuguese boss did offer Giggs a lesser coaching role but he’s recognised the need to embark on a managerial journey for himself.
Giggs’ contract as United’s assistant manager ended at midnight last night and it was expected that he would make an announcement on his future whilst appearing as a pundit on ITV during the Portugal vs. Poland Euro 2016 quarter-final.
However, presenter Mark Pougatch immediately ended hopes of Giggs making a revelation when he said: “We’ve got plenty to talk about but for various reasons he cannot discuss his situation right now at Manchester United.”
But now, it’s official. Giggs has left Manchester United after almost three decades at the club and an official statement will soon be released.