Ferguson rejects Wales approach for Giggs

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has rejected an approach from the Welsh FA over Ryan Giggs as new Wales manager, The Mirror reports.

The Welsh FA targeted the United midfielder as successor to the late Gary Speed, but were rebuffed by the United boss. FAW chiefs made clear they were willing to offer Giggs a part-time role, despite his lack of managerial and coaching experience. Ferguson wants the 38 year old to concentrate on his football and recently revealed that Giggs would be offered a new deal at Old Trafford.

A Wales insider: ‘He (Giggs) was always seen as the natural successor to Gary, but Sir Alex immediately told us there is no chance. It’s disappointing as many saw Ryan as the man to continue the foundations laid by Gary. But even a part-time role, which was also mentioned, was immediately rejected’.

A six man panel hoped to have Giggs in place for the February 29th memorial friendly for Speed against Costa Rica, but will now discuss other options. Giggs is in his 21st year at Old Trafford and should sign another one year deal to keep him playing until the end of the 2012/2013 season.

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