Ryan Giggs urged to start managerial career elsewhere by ex-teammate

Ryan Giggs

Paul Ince has suggested Ryan Giggs should look elsewhere for his first real steps in football management.

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince has urged Ryan Giggs to go elsewhere to start his managerial career.

Giggs was in caretaker charge for the closing games of last season after United sacked David Moyes for missing out on Champions League football - with United ultimately finishing with their worst placing in the Premier League era in seventh place.

In the summer, he was appointed as Louis van Gaal's assistant boss at Old Trafford, and has been tipped to take the top job at the club where he made 963 appearances, winning 13 league titles in the process.

Ince is quoted in the Daily Mail, saying: "Giggsy's my mate and he enjoyed last year, he loved it. And now under Van Gaal he's learning. But I said to Giggsy, 'you gotta go to a club to get experience. Go manage a League One side or League Two side or because you're Ryan Giggs you might get a Championship team.'

"You can't just throw him into Man Utd, one of the biggest clubs in the world and say 'there ya go Giggsy.' He's not ready for that.'

"Why would you put Giggs in a situation where if he doesn't succeed you have to sack him?

"Learn from Van Gaal and then go out and find your own feet. Then come back and say 'I've done five or six years.' That's how I see the road for Giggsy."

It's interesting advice from Ince, as it seems he's keen for Giggs to become his own man, and probably become more employable as a result.

There are few bigger clubs in the world, if any, to manage after you've managed Manchester United, so for it to be the first job for anyone so young in managerial terms to take on, even if you are a legend of the club, can be quite daunting.

It made sense for him to be made assistant at Old Trafford for both the club and the player. He knows the club when van Gaal doesn't, while working under a manager that has an excellent pedigree.

But there is this worry for Giggs in terms of his managerial career that if he did take the job as manager of Manchester United and it doesn't work, where does it go from there for a man that has been associated with just the one club? Some will probably question whether he could do it anywhere else, and anywhere else for him is bound to be a step down. 

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