Date: 16th February 2012 at 1:59am
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Could this man be in charge of United one day?

Could this man be in charge of United one day?

With all the talk of the Special One Jose Mourinho being the heir apparent to Sir Alex Ferguson over the past fewweeks, it was something of a surprise to see the Telegraph claim that the next United boss could be a lot closer to home. 

With Sir Alex now in his 70th year, the question of who will succeed him has become the preferred speculative column filler for much of the Chelsea fans at Fleet Street. There’s no denying though that as Fergie enters what must surely be his final few seasons as United boss, that every Red has more than just a couple of opinions on who would make the ideal replacement.

The Telegraph notes: Ferguson is understood to believe that despite his lack of experience Giggs has many of the qualities required to take on the most demanding club job in English football. He praised the former Welsh international’s attributes among fellow managers and at a recent private function attended by leading business figures.

It seems that Sir Alex isn’t the only one who believes Giggs would be the ideal candidate to take over the Old Trafford hot-seat. The Telegraph continues: Team-mate Paul Scholes also believes Giggs could take over from Ferguson. The midfielder told FourFourTwo magazine: “People have talked about Mourinho. It can change quickly … it’s about who is successful at the time. Whether they are British or foreign, you just want the best man for the job. I could see Ryan Giggs becoming manager.”

The idea of Giggs becoming the next United boss seems like the perfect continuation of the Welshman’s Roy of the Rovers-esque time at Old Trafford. Surely the player who’s won more than any other British footballer and is in danger of one day reaching the ridiculous tally of 1000 appearances for United would be the perfect man for the job.

There’s no question Giggs as United boss would please the fans the question is, whether giving such a monumental job to someone with no managerial experience- regardless of his legendary status would be the right idea?

Perhaps Sir Alex has ideas of himself as some form of ‘Director of Football’ with Giggs as first-team coach/manager, that sounds like a dream scenario, although my only concern is whether that would be a help or a hindrance.


4 responses to “Sir Alex Backs Giggs To Succeed Him As United Boss”

  1. chris says:

    I already stated when there was the article about Mourinho that Giggs or Solskjaer should be given the opp. Giss will probably be an assistant first i would think.

  2. Red Devil says:

    Nice idea of Giggs being the next United manager but considering both the pressure of being the manager and of Giggs’ lack of experience, it would be a gamble that could go tits up in spectacular fashion.
    Mourinho at present is still the only name that makes any sense although it has been said that Sir Bobby Charlton does not want Mourinho at Old Trafford and Bobby does still have some clout!
    So, who else comes to mind?
    It has been said many a time that David Moyes at Everton would be a suitable replacement but for me would he be able to buy big when the time comes and how would he handle the expectation at OT? I have my doubts he could handle it all.
    I do wonder if Mick Phelan would be offered the job, after all he is SAF’s righthand man, knows the club inside out and would allow the club to carry on its business without fuss or upheaval.
    When Sir Alex finally calls it a day, we shall then know the answer but at the moment, the ‘business as usual’ signs are still in place, meaning United will continue to be at the top of the tree and still the team to beat. City be warned!

  3. RedScot says:

    Name me one of Sir Alex’s ex-players that have been successfull in management?
    I can think of one only.
    He is working his way though the Norwegian league, not only as we know winning it in his first season there.
    He is only talking up Ryan on his brilliant record , about to be achieved of 900 league appearances, at United.Magic.
    He is simply saying he has United hot-wired in his blood.
    The tapestry, the fabric.
    If it were Ryan Giggs its says more about our financial status than a serious attempt to be world challengers of where United should be.
    I think I read, one ex player becoming the manager of a great club.Familarity and contempt, from that spiralled into crash.
    I have long held the view as I do now, not that it will matter a Twitter.
    We need a manager with a need of financial background, more a manager of accounts, with the current owners.
    A figure head that can manage the media, keep the team viable, but retaining the United brand.
    Basically until the Glazer are gone.
    This is a huge, NO, Impossible job, for who ever takes up the toxic chalice.
    Don’t destroy a United legend in doing so?

  4. chris says:

    You are talking crap. Weve got awesome young talent. We will be a top team for years & we need someone who knows manchester united. Stop stressing about the glazers weve been vey succesful under them.