Ryan Giggs ended his 29-year association with Manchester United over the weekend after spending several weeks mulling over his options.
The Welshman, who is currently working as a pundit at Euro 2016 for ITV Sport, has decided to leave Old Trafford in order to begin his managerial career elsewhere.
Giggs, who has worked as a coach at United since the 2013-14 campaign, has reportedly been left shocked and angered by comments Jose Mourinho made in his first press conference as the Red Devils’ manager on Tuesday.
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Mourinho told reporters that it wasn’t his fault Giggs was no longer at Manchester United - and added that the 42-year-old left the club because he wanted the manager’s job at Old Trafford.
“The job that Ryan wanted to have was the one they have given to me. It’s not my fault,” the Portuguese coach said. “He wanted to be manager of Manchester United.”
Giggs 'was willing' to work under Mourinho
Mourinho also claimed that Giggs had been offered “any important job” to stay at United, although friends of the club legend have disputed that.
According to The Times, Giggs’ pals insist the Welshman had only discussed a vague development role with no first-team responsibilities.
It’s understood that, contrary to Mourinho’s comments, Giggs told United that he was willing to finish his apprenticeship under Louis van Gaal’s replacement.
Mourinho, according to the report, did not speak with the former Wales international about a position on his coaching staff.
Giggs congratulated Mourinho in statement
In a statement published on United’s website, Giggs said: "After 29 seasons at Manchester United as a player and assistant manager, I know winning is in the DNA of this club - giving youth a chance, and playing attacking and exciting football. It’s healthy to have high expectations, it’s right to expect to win. Manchester United expects, deserves, nothing less.
"This is why it is a huge decision for me to step away from the club that has been my life since the age of 14. It has not been a decision that I have made lightly. I'll take away so many special memories as well as a lifetime of experiences that will, I hope, serve me well in the future.
"However, the time feels right and, although I have no immediate plans to step into management, it is where I want to be.”
He added: "I want to congratulate José Mourinho on his appointment as manager of the world’s biggest club. There are only a handful of proven winners at the very highest level and José is unquestionably one of them. I know the fans will welcome him.”
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