Ryan Giggs was widely believed to be the heir apparent to the Manchester United managerial job, but it is now being reported that he is on the brink of leaving Old Trafford.
The 42-year old Welshman has spent his entire professional career at Manchester United and was one of the famous graduates of the class of 92′ that dazzled the footballing world and heralded the Red Devil’s age of dominance in the Premier League.
Giggs won 13 League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and two Champions League titles during his time as a United player. After hanging up his boots in 2014, it was widely expected that he would be groomed to be the next manager of Manchester United.
An imminent Exit
The talk of Giggs leaving was sparked due to his absence during the Red Devils 3-0 win over Stoke City at the Theater of Dreams. This quickly snowballed into speculation that he will become the manager of Scottish club Celtic FC in the next 48 hours.
According to 101greatgoals.com, “Giggs is absent from the United match against Stoke tonight. Fans were wondering where the assistant manager was and then the rumour emerged about him not being there because he’s going to take over at Celtic.
If this rumour is true and Giggs becomes the Celtic boss in the next 48 hours then we would imagine it is because he has been told that there’s been a change of plans and that he won’t be succeeding Louis van Gaal.”
It is believed that Giggs departure is because he believes that the managerial job at Old Trafford will not be handed over to him in the near future. As an understudy to David Moyes and current gaffer Louis van Gaal, he was essentially training himself for when the reigns would be handed over.
The arrival of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City may have disrupted the plans of Giggs succession, with officials being wary of taking a risk with a new, inexperienced manager, despite his accomplishments as a player. If he does go to Celtic then it could also be on a short term deal to gather the necessary experience.