Manchester United's Ryan Giggs warned against taking Wales job

07 September 2010 09:52
Eric Harrison, a former youth team coach at Manchester United, has warned if Ryan Giggs accepts the role of Wales manager he would have to end his stellar career at United.[LNB]Following Friday's disappointing defeat to Montenegro, current boss John Toshack is said to have reached the conclusion that it would be better if he moved on.[LNB]And Giggs' name has been mentioned as the Football Association of Wales' first choice.[LNB] Going strong: Ryan Giggs' playing career shows no signs of ending[LNB]Mark Hughes did something similar when his own playing career was coming to an end at Blackburn, with Harrison acting as a key member of his back-up team.[LNB]However, the man responsible for bringing Giggs through the Old Trafford ranks as part of that famed 'Class of 92' does not believe it would be possible for the 36-year-old wide-man to combine duties at a club like United.[LNB]'It is not a cushy little number and it is not a part-time post,' he said. [LNB]'You are at the sharp end of things and these days I don't believe you could combine playing for a club at United's level and managing an international team.[LNB]'When I was with Mark we'd be jetting off all over the place watching future opponents. Then you would be going up and down the country checking on your players.[LNB] Father figure: Harrison (centre) with players from the famed 'Class of 92' [LNB]'You couldn't be playing for United at the weekend and be wondering and worrying about how the Welsh players are doing.[LNB]'If the vacancy does come up and Ryan is approached then he has a massive decision to make.'[LNB]Harrison has no doubts Giggs is mentally tough enough to make a success of the management game and will become Wales boss eventually.[LNB]However, having amassed a record 11 league titles as part of a medal collection unmatched in the modern game, it is hard to imagine Giggs merely turning his back on it at a time when his overall influence is as high at it has ever been.[LNB]Giggs extended his record of scoring in every Premier League season with a volley against Newcastle last month and he was an influential figure in the subsequent victory over West Ham.[LNB]Sir Alex Ferguson recently suggested the Cardiff-born player, who was only ever eligible to play for Wales despite his appearance for England schoolboys, could continue until his was 40 such are his fitness levels.[LNB] Wales set to ask United star Giggs to join as a coach when Toshack quitsI'm ready! Shamed Wayne Rooney roars in-flight pledge of defiance to England boss Fabio CapelloToshack quits and tips United stalwart Giggs to be the next Wales bossMANCHESTER UNITED FC

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