Ryan Giggs lacks the personality and experience to be Manchester United manager

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The consensus amongst media outlets recently would seem to have it that Ryan Giggs is a genuine contender for the hot seat at Manchester United.

The Welshman is being talked up with the same straight-faced gravitas that once saw Stuart Pearce and Gareth Southgate both heralded as the next big thing in football management.

Such hype was misplaced, though - so let's look at why the same can be said of Giggs.


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Let's get one thing out of the way - Giggs is undoubtedly one of the greatest players to ever grace English football, pure and simple.

A creative genius who dedicated himself to his art and was a consistent performer for nearly 25 years at Old Trafford, the 42-year-old saw much success at United and inspired countless Premier League titles.

However, just because Giggs is a great, doesn't mean to say he has what it takes to successfully manage a club of United's stature.

Because even if we assume the former midfielder is a tactical genius, the bottom line is that he lacks the charisma and requisite verbal eloquence to take the reins at one of Europe's top clubs.

Recalling his affair with Imogen Thomas is enough to suggest Giggs isn't cut out for a job which hinges on his ability to deal with the media. What did he have to say about all this? Absolutely nothing.

Instead, he tried to get the story shut down - and that in itself will tell you everything. Rather than coming out and admitting his wrong doings, or at least sharing an insight, he became a shrinking violet.

And in any case, despite the great footballing brain he has, are we really supposed to believe Giggs has somehow developed a tactical blue print to revolutionise his beloved club? Unlikely. What's more likely is he's just another former great who, having reached the end of his career, is desperate to keep the magic going one way or another.

Moreover, to have Giggs in the running with Jose Mourinho - a man who developed a winning formula for success over the course of some 20 years on the sidelines - is lunacy.

What propelled the Portuguese to his status as the 'Special One' was his prior stint as the ‘Anonymous One’, who played a backseat role as coach to the likes of Sir Bobby Robson and Louis van Gaal. Such anonymity breeds a hunger that Giggs will never have known after rising to stardom at the tender age of 16.

The furore over Giggs is much ado about nothing and typical of the standards expected of young managers in this country - where are the hours of dedication; the attention to detail; the tutelage under a great mentor; the foreign travel?

Instead, after less than two years as assistant manager at the club he’s always been at, as well as the notion that he’s ready because ‘he’s done his badges’, we’re lead to believe Giggs is the perfect successor to the much-maligned Van Gaal. Far from it.

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