Alan Shearer reacts to news Ryan Giggs is set to become the Wales manager

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Ryan Giggs is about to take his first step into management with the Manchester United legend set to be named the new Wales manager on Monday.

The Football Association of Wales has called a news conference for Monday afternoon in Cardiff, with the Manchester United legend expected to be unveiled.

Giggs will replace Chris Coleman - who left for Sunderland in November - and looks to have beaten the likes of Craig Bellamy, Osian Roberts and Mark Bowen to the job.

But it’s fair to say his appointment will not please everyone.

After the Welsh FA tweeted: “Yfory. A new era begins,” they were bombarded with replies of “Please not Giggs” and “Anyone but Giggs.”

Oh dear.


And Alan Shearer’s reaction to the news on Match of the Day 2 wasn’t particularly positive, either.

“It’ll be interesting to see how he gets the players to turn up for friendlies, won’t it?,” Shearer said on Sunday night.

“He made his debut in ’91 I think it was in the qualifier and he didn’t play a friendly for nine years I think until 2000 so good luck trying to get the players together!”

Nice little dig from Shearer, there.

Despite pulling out of several squads, Giggs won 64 caps between 1991 and 2007, captaining Wales on many occasions.

And while he was unable to lead them to a major tournament during his playing career, he will be looking to do just that in his first role as a manager.

Euro 2008 Group D Qualifying Match; Wales v Czech Republic

The former winger hasn’t taken a managerial job but he was in caretaker charge of Man United for four matches at the end of the 2013/14 season following David Moyes’ sacking.

He then spent two seasons as Louis van Gaal’s assistant manager but left the club when Jose Mourinho was chosen ahead of him to be the club’s next boss.

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