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Middlesbrough the ideal destination for Ryan Giggs

Tuesday 16th May 2017
After leaving Manchester United last summer Ryan Giggs has mainly been subject to punditry work across various broadcasters, but it's no secret that it is managerial work the former Wales winger craves, so just where will the Red Devils all-time appearance maker take the reins?

After being appointed as Louis Van Gaal's assistant in 2014 it was believed that Giggs would eventually succeed the Dutchman after his three-year deal came to a close.

The plan was to educate Ryan Giggs to be ready for his dream job and leave him a side that was ready to compete across all fronts for major honours. However, Van Gaal was, of course, sacked as manager after failing to turn around the clubs fortunes and in turn, Giggs was not selected to succeed him.

Instead, the club appointed Jose Mourinho and Giggs parted company with the club he had spent over 23 years with. Reportedly Mourinho was happy to keep Giggs as part of his staff but of course at a step down from his previous role, something Giggs wasn't too keen on.

Many believed that this would then see Giggs embark on his managerial journey. However, almost an entire year on and he is still yet to take on a role. This would suggest he simply hasn't found a role to suit him as of yet. He will of course seen so many before him jump into the wrong job and things end badly, so he will be cautious of making the same mistake. This summer could well be the time the Manchester United Legend takes charge of a club and one club in the North-East might just be ideal.

Middlesbrough returned to the Premier League this campaign as Championship winners and with an expectation, they were duly ready for the task at hand under the guidance of Aitor Karanka. However, they struggled to find goals and despite removing Karanka from his role they have failed to survive relegation.

The club will feel disappointed as they felt better equipped to compete in the top flight but they fell short of expectations even after a strong start. Now the club must prepare for life back in the Championship and must first decide who their manager will be for the upcoming campaign.

Steve Agnew was made caretaker manager in March of this year but after failing to keep the club up is not expected to be given the role on a permanent basis. This will mean a new man must be appointed and the aforementioned Giggs could be a perfect fit. Yes, he his unproven and many would say he is a gamble but he will be hungry and eager to ensure his ability and reputation as a manager can live up to that of his playing days. After all, a player of his calibre will have a great expectation from the footballing world. Not all top players manage to reach the heights they did during their playing days so Giggs will be hoping he won't fall into the trap of many. Some his team-mates at Old Trafford have seemingly struggled as manager despite being top players, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Roy Keane have both been unsuccessful in Premier League management since retiring from playing.

Giggs may well be that astute figure that takes to management well. He seems very calm and collected whilst also undoubtedly having vast experience and knowledge of the game. He has of course studied under one of the greatest of all time in Sir Alex Ferguson, not a bad manager to learn your trade from of course. However, that doesn't ensure safe passage to successful management - but it's a pretty good start.

Ryan Giggs now needs the perfect project to tether himself to and a club as well grounded as ‘Boro fits the bill. They have a strong squad of players for the league and will be fully expected to compete to bounce straight back to the top-flight at the first time of asking. The ambition of this suits what Giggs will look for after he reportedly turned down Swansea's advances this season due to the club not matching his ambitions and winning mentality.

Who Middlesbrough turn to remains a mystery as it stands, with the search seemingly not quite fully underway until the season officially ends. But regardless of how long they take to get their man if Giggs wants the job, he will be patient as he has already been. The Middlesbrough project looks a firm test whilst also a job that could prove fruitful in the long run to the right candidate. Certainly, a role that fits Giggs to a tee.

The Middlesbrough project looks a firm test whilst also a job that could prove fruitful in the long run to the right candidate. Certainly, a role that fits Ryan Giggs to a tee.
Ryan Stewart

23 years old, Sport Journalism graduate living in Salford. Work in web content in Media city and always looking to break in to sports writing. Manchester United season ticket holder.

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