Nathan Blake: Ryan Giggs doesn't have the personality to be a "great" manager

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Ryan Giggs' 29-year love affair with Manchester United has officially come to an end.

His departure marked a sad day for the club as the last remaining member of Sir Alex Ferguson's era turned his back on Old Trafford.

Giggs' intentions were understandable, of course, amidst a burning desire to begin a career in management, rather than play second fiddle to Jose Mourinho.


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What the future holds for the United legend remains to be seen, but it's widely expected that Giggs will return to the Theatre of Dreams one day as manager.

However, for ex-Wales teammate Nathan Blake, his countryman lacks one characteristic fundamental to management.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I don't think he will be a great number one. I think he would be a great number two, but I don't think he quite has the personality to be a great number one.

"He was a freak of nature, Ryan, for what he did, for how fast he could run and how well he played.

"He could turn on a six-pence, he could turn a game in a split second. He was a freak of nature.

"But that doesn't mean to say great players make great managers."

Blake quickly defended what initially comes across as criticism of Giggs' personality.

"I wouldn't say his personality is lacking. He's not someone... I think the game needs Sir Alex Ferguson's.

"I still think that kids need to be told, shouted at, disciplined, loved, caressed - all the different stages.

"I don't think Ryan is lacking, I just think, knowing the way I know him, he wouldn't do what Ferguson did and try to rip your head off, throw cups of tea at you or kick footballs at your face. It's just not him."

Kicking footballs at players' faces makes you a great manager, apparently.

Nevertheless, Giggs now has the chance to prove his worth and for Ferguson, he's made the right decision.

“It is time Ryan stood on his own feet, got out there and accepted the challenge," he said, per the Guardian. "I talk about his poker face. He has a bit of steel about him.

“It is such a highly intense results industry, you need people who go into it to have a bit of steel about them, a bit of character and personality.

“I think Ryan is ready to manage and he has a lot of quality. He doesn’t want to spoil that quality by going to a club where it is sacking a manager every two minutes.”

So, Blake says Giggs hasn't got the personality to be a top manager, but Ferguson thinks he does. Only time will tell.

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