Glenn Hoddle says Ryan Giggs needs more experience before managing Manchester United

by Tanveer Arayan

Former England manager Glenn Hoddle believes Ryan Giggs should look into managing a smaller club before taking on the Manchester United role.

The Welshman is considered a candidate, along with Jose Mourinho, to replace Louis van Gaal as manager at the end of the season.

Giggs spent a brief interim spell in charge after David Moyes was sacked but hasn’t had any full-time management experience in his career and Hoddle suggested the 42-year-old needs experience before diving into the deep end at Man United.

Speaking about the situation, Hoddle said: “Ryan Giggs might be a possibility but if he wants to fulfil his dream of managing Manchester United, now is the time to step away and take a job elsewhere. I started at Swindon in what was then the Second Division — now the Championship — and I feel it is invaluable to start down the pyramid and learn from your mistakes.

“We have seen this week how hard it has been for Gary Neville to step into the Valencia job, after a dreadful start to his tenure was capped by a 7-0 loss at Barcelona.

“Nothing prepares you for management; not being an assistant, a coach, or TV pundit. Only doing the job teaches you how to do it.”

Hoddle is spot on in my opinion. Giggs needs to get some sort of experience under his belt before he considers throwing himself into United or, more importantly, the club considers him as a managerial candidate.

After the Moyes debacle, United can ill afford to appoint another manager who doesn’t have experience managing at the very highest level which is why Mourinho looks like the prime candidate, especially following Pep Guardiola’s appointment at Manchester City.

There is every chance Giggs could grow into a fantastic manager for United but I feel that, given the needs of the club, that time isn’t right now.


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