Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs during training
According to Sky Sports, former Manchester United player Ryan Giggs is one of a few early candidates listed to take over the reigns at Southampton following Ronald Koeman’s exit.
After much speculation, Koeman finally traded the Saints for the vacant Everton post after the Toffees had sacked Spaniard Roberto Martinez just after the penultimate game of last season.
It’s a bitter blow for Southampton considering the progress the club has made during the Dutchman’s tenure, yet they have been in this position before after Mauricio Pochettino left to join Tottenham Hotspur.
Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs celebrates after winning the FA Cup
The Saints have a good structure in place and boast an excellent squad of players, therefore the new manager will be walking in to a superb set-up with the promise of funds to spend.
Sky Sports list Ajax boss Frank De Boer as the early favourite, though Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe and ex-Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini are also considered along with surprise name Ryan Giggs.
Giggs is still currently employed by Manchester United despite Louis van Gaal’s sacking, though his position is unclear as new boss Jose Mourinho could opt to bring in his own number two.
The former Wales international was working as Van Gaal’s assistant over the past two seasons, and before the Dutchman he worked alongside David Moyes after he succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson.
Appointing him would no doubt be a massive risk, yet he wouldn’t be the first to take over a big club in his first job and history has shown it does sometimes turn out to be somewhat of a masterstroke.