Southampton recently announced that they have sacked Claude Puel meaning they are on the hunt for a new manager.
If reports are to believed, the Saints have shortlisted Ryan Giggs as a possible replacement. Yes, Giggs could be the next Southampton manager.
The Manchester United legend retired from professional football a few years ago and has been working hard to earn his coaching badges.
It was evident that Giggs would ultimately take up a managerial role in a club. And last season he was heavily linked with Swansea, but the move did not materialise as the Swans opted for Paul Clement.
Now news is afloat that Giggs might become the next manager at St Mary’s. But this will not be his first managerial role having temporarily managed Manchester United in the past. He was in charge of four Premier League games in 2014 after United had sacked then manager David Moyes, winning two and drawing one game.
But does Giggs fit the description of a top flight manager?
WHAT RYAN GIGGS BRINGS TO THE TABLE
If Giggs does eventually become Southampton’s new manager, he will bring truckloads of experience with him. Giggs had a professional playing career that stretched for two decades and over 900 games.
He has seen eras gone by and has been a first-hand witness to every possible up and down in football. There’s nothing this man has not seen. Failures to fairytales, Giggs has lived through all. And this is something that can be of great help to Southampton in the coming season.
Southampton finished eighth in the Premier League last season, and they might need that added push to move up the standings next season.
WHAT RYAN GIGGS LACKS
Giggs does have heaps and heaps of playing experience, but unfortunately, none of it is related to managerial roles.
Giggs has never had any serious managerial experience, and Southampton would be his first permanent job.
And especially in a league which is so demanding and cruel, managers are sacked at the drop of a hat. A few bad months and Giggs could very well be under the sword.