Hull City are on the lookout for a new manager, having lost Steve Bruce earlier in the summer. Could Ryan Giggs be the answer to the Tigers' problem?
It's something of an understatement to say that Hull City's off-season has not gone exactly to plan. Fans' optimism after achieving promotion to the Premier League through the play-offs has quickly been checked, as manager Steve Bruce left the club, and injuries and player departures have left the playing squad with just 14 fit outfield players to choose from.
There have been a number of names linked with the vacant managerial position at Hull, but those in charge of securing the right man for the job could do worse than to look in the direction of former Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs - here's why.
Let's face it, Hull need a manager as soon as is humanly possible. Every day that goes by now without a manager in place is a missed opportunity to bring in a figurehead, someone that can give the team a plan and an identity, as well as recruit new players.
Giggs is looking for his first shot in management, after leaving his post as assistant at Manchester United. A deal to bring in Giggs would likely be quicker and less expensive than moving for a boss already in charge at another club for example.
Giggs would almost certainly be keen to take the job, as a chance in the Premier League for a first time manager is a rare thing. Perhaps the fact that Giggs is ready and waiting and could be signed quickly should promote the Welshman up to the top of the potential candidates list.
He's well connected
Ryan Giggs and the Premier League are synonymous with each other - he's been involved with it in some capacity in each and every year since the Premiership was created. For that reason, not only does he know the competition inside out, but it's fair to say he's got one or two contacts from around the clubs as well.
This is something that could prove vital with regard to bringing some new players into the squad, for example he could look to his former employers United with a view to raiding them of some of their young stars to take on loan. Having a manager as well respected within the game as Giggs might tempt some players to join Hull when perhaps ordinarily they might be hesitant to sign given the club's troubles off the field this summer.
He knows the assistant boss
Hull City caretaker manager Mike Phelan
Former United assistant manager Mike Phelan has remained at the club despite Bruce's resignation, and has actually been tipped to maybe take the top job himself, according to Mail Online. But if the Tigers did want to keep Phelan on in his assistant role, then Giggs' rapport with the former United man would help the Welshman to slot in to the Hull setup and would mean he could hit the ground running with his backroom staff. If they bring in a manager that wants his own selection of staff to follow him to the KC Stadium, then again Hull will be short on time to familiarise themselves with the new manager's playing style.
He's young, and could spring a surprise
Of course Giggs keeping this Hull team in the Premier League come the end of this season could by no means be put down to beginner's luck, but the fact that this would be Giggs' first job with total control of the team means that he can put his own stamp on the club, and perhaps raise one or two eyebrows.
His inexperience means that opposition managers won't have a good idea how he is going to make the team play, and so will in turn be unsure how to set up their team up to counter Hull. Giggs' reputation proceeds him and when he dictates to his squad how he'd like them to play, they'll listen. Fans could expect some eye-catching performances with Giggs at the helm.
The Tigers are in trouble, and need to act fast to patch over the damage that has been done by managerial uncertainty as their return to the Premier League approaches. Caretaker boss Mike Phelan could potentIally make the step up to the top job permanent and do an admirable job with the side, but there's a younger, riskier option available to Hull, a young coach that Phelan knows very well indeed. And in this state, might a risk be just what the club needs to take to try and reverse their off-field turmoil? Giggs is on the lookout for an opportunity like this one, so why not take a chance on the United legend?