Fulham manager Mark Hughes has urged Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs to take the position of Wales manager. Rumours persist that Giggs is the favourite for the job after John Toshack, once the Real Madrid manager, resigned from his post as Wales manager on Wednesday evening.
Ryan Giggs and Mark Hughes played together for Manchester United in the early and middle part of the nineties, winning the club it’s first Premiership title in 26 years. Mark Hughes managed Wales for 5 years, between 1999 and 2004, before taking over Blackburn Rovers and impressing tremendously. From there he moved to Manchester City. Upon his appointment at the Eastland’s he was regarded as the future of Manchester City football club and considered one of the best young managers in the game after his work with Wales and Blackburn Rovers. Unfortunately for him his spell at Manchester City didn’t quite work out as everybody involved had planned and he was eventually sacked. After a brief hiatus from the game he returned to take control of Fulham this summer. The journey and all the opportunities it afforded started with Mark Hughes becoming the Wales manager.
If Giggs is serious about becoming a football manager, as he has recently intimated, Mark Hughes’ proposal is an apt one. It remains to be seen if Giggs will accept the position if indeed it has even been offered to him. Crucially, it is unknown if the Welsh Football Association, the board that decides who is the Wales manager, will be willing to allow Ryan Giggs to continue in his position as a Manchester United player whilst also performing the duties necessary as the manager of Wales. At first thought it is difficult to imagine Ryan Giggs immediately relinquishing his role as a Manchester United winger and the general prevailing thought at the moment is that Giggs would want to find a way to combine both positions. An alternative to Giggs for the position is the current Wales under 21 manager Brian Flynn.