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Man Utd legend Ryan Giggs finally tipped for first managerial role since 2022, he’s one of three names in contention

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs is set to be ‘considered’ for his first managerial role since stepping down as Wales manager in 2022, according to stunning reports.

Ryan Giggs took his first steps into the world of coaching towards the tail end of his legendary Manchester United playing career.

The 50-year-old Welshman became a player-coach under David Moyes before he took charge of United as interim player-manager after the Scotsman’s sacking.

Giggs then entered the United dugout under former Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal, who appointed the Premier League legend as his assistant manager.

Following Louis van Gaal’s sacking in 2016 and Jose Mourinho’s arrival, Giggs left Old Trafford and took his first steps into management with the Wales national team.

The former United star succeeded Chris Coleman as Wales boss in 2018 and secured Euro 2020 qualification for his country.

However, Giggs took a step back from his duties as Wales manager in 2020 after he was arrested, with the United legend staunchly denying the allegations against him.

The former Wales international in 2022 announced he would resign from his managerial post with “immediate effect” ahead of his trial.

Giggs was cleared of the allegations against him in 2023, but the United legend had not returned to the managerial dugout since his exit from Wales.

Steve Bruce (left), Karl Robinson, manager of Salford City (center), and Ryan Giggs of Salford City (right) are attending the Sky Bet League 2 matc...
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Giggs in contention for managerial role

Ryan Giggs has flirted with the idea of returning to management in the foreseeable future, despite taking on a role at Salford City in recent months.

According to The Times, the former Manchester United winger has been linked with a sensational return to management with the Wales national team.

Rob Page was an assistant coach under Ryan Giggs at Wales before he became caretaker manager when the United legend was arrested.

The 49-year-old Welshman became the permanent manager of Wales in 2022 and secured qualification for the Dragons to the World Cup in Qatar.

However, Rob Page saw Wales crash out of the World Cup in Qatar after three matches and his side were later relegated from the Nations League.

The former Wales boss’ woes continued after the Dragons failed to punch their ticket to Euro 2024, with Page’s men losing to Poland in a play-off final in March.

Page was dismissed from his role on Friday after a 0-0 draw against Gibraltar and a crushing 4-0 defeat to Slovakia in friendlies earlier this month.

Giggs is one of three names for Wales role

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) is set to ‘consider’ Giggs among its managerial shortlist for a potential successor to Rob Page at Wales.

The Times reports that another name in contention is Giggs’ former Wales teammate Craig Bellamy, who is currently caretaker manager at Burnley.

Craig Bellamy started his coaching career at Belgian side Anderlecht and later worked as an assistant manager to Vincent Kompany at the club.

The 44-year-old then linked up with former Manchester City teammate Vincent Kompany at Burnley and served as part of his coaching staff.

It is believed that Bellamy is ‘also in contention’ for the vacant Burnley head coach role after Vincent Kompany left the club and signed for Bayern Munich.

The FAW also has ‘other options’ to Bellamy and Giggs and they include Osian Roberts, who secured Italian side Como’s promotion to Serie A in 2024.

Osian Roberts, who was previously a technical director for the FAW, has experience with the Wales national team and worked as assistant manager under Giggs.

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