Ryan Giggs coy on Swansea City links

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Ex-Manchester United and Wales international Ryan Giggs is said to be interested in managing Welsh Premier League side Swansea City - should the post become available.

Rumours have recently arisen over the possibility of the Swansea job becoming vacant after the Swans' poor start to the season. So far they have only picked up four points from their opening five matches.

Francesco Guidolin only took over at the Liberty Stadium during last season, but following their slow start to the new campaign, his time could already be coming to an end.


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Swansea's next three games see them go up against Manchester City, Liverpool, and then Arsenal, meaning Guidolin's chances of picking up points to save his job are looking unlikely.

Giggs himself became available this summer when United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward decided to hire the hugely successful Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho as a permanent replacement for Louis van Gaal.

After gaining his coaching badges, Giggs took on his first coaching role at United when he was appointed as player-coach in July of 2013 on the personal staff of then United boss, David Moyes.

Amazingly for Giggs, in April of 2014, Moyes was sacked by the club after a poor run of results, and the Welshman was appointed manager of the first team on an interim basis.

As a player-manager, Giggs saw out the final four matches of the 2013/14 Premier League campaign, winning twice, losing once, and drawing 1-1 with Southampton on his final game in charge.

One month later, Manchester United announced Van Gaal as their permanent replacement for Moyes, and Giggs was hired as his assistant.

It was suggested by many - including Van Gaal himself - that Giggs would go on to be a possible replacement for the Dutchman as United manager on a permanent basis.

However, when the club announced that it would be parting ways with Van Gaal at the close of the 2015/16 season, the job wouldn't be going to Giggs, and instead, went to ex-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

Upon learning that Mourinho would be bringing along with him his own back room staff, Giggs announced to the world that his 29-year association with United was coming to an end, and he would no longer be working for the club.

The news came as a surprise to many in the footballing world as Giggs had devoted his whole career to the club, and had expressed his desires to remain at the club as a coach, with a view to eventually moving on to occupy the manager's desk.

Since the news has emerged about Giggs being a contender to replace Guidolin, he has spoken to TalkSPORT about the possibility of him taking over at the Liberty Stadium.

He told the radio station: “There has been no approach from Swansea City but, in any case, there is a manager in place at the club.

“I’m happy with life outside of the game right now and enjoying media work.

“At some stage, further down the line, it’s no secret I’d like to get back into football as a coach – but that’s for later, not now.”

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