In an exclusive interview with BBC Sport, Sir Alex Ferguson proclaimed that Ryan Giggs was right to leave Manchester United and that the Welshman has all the credentials needed to succeed in management.
Ryan Giggs departed United yesterday after 29 years at Old Trafford, with Jose Mourinho opting not to select the 42-year-old as part of his coaching staff.
The former winger, assistant to Louis Van Gaal during the Dutchman’s tenure in charge of the club, has had his role filled by Rui Faria.
Giggs took the position of interim manager at United following David Moyes’ departure in 2014. The man with the most Premier League appearances in history only took charge of four league games, winning two, but his former mentor believes he has what it takes to succeed in the field of management.
“He has a bit of steel about him,” said the 74-year-old.
“It is such a highly intense results industry, you need people who go into it to have a bit of steel about them, a bit of character and personality.”
The pair won an abundance of trophies when they worked together in Manchester. The two won 13 Premier League titles, four FA Cups, four League Cups and two Champions League trophies together across 23 years.
The ex-Aberdeen boss, then, seemingly wants the best for his former talisman and has told Giggs to pick his next club carefully.
“I think he is ready to manage and he has a lot of quality,” proclaimed Ferguson. “He doesn’t want to spoil that quality by going to a club where it is sacking a manager every two minutes.”
Former teammate Clayton Blackmore was also just as keen to see Giggs on the touchline over the coming years, also stating that he had the “toughness” to be a great manager.
Ryan Giggs’s first managerial challenge could arrive in the form of a Championship club, with Nottingham Forest reportedly interested despite no formal approach being made. According to the Daily Mail, Giggs in keen to start his career in England’s second division.