Tuesday 29 September 2015

Giggs or Guardiola: The search for LVG's successor

Louis van Gaal will retire at the end of next season when his United contract expires and the race to be his successor appears to be between two men at the opposite ends of the managerial spectrum.

On the one hand, there's Pep Guardiola, a man renowned for his swashbuckling style of play who has won everything there is to win, a hugely experienced, decorated coach and a pioneer whose innovative methods gave birth to arguably the finest team this planet has ever seen.

Then on the other, there's Ryan Giggs: the legendary, loyal, one club man who won everything there is to win as a player, loves the club and is the very epitome of its ethos but whose managerial CV spans just four games.

It's a dilemma for the board: Do we go for the guaranteed success and trophy-winning record that Guardiola will surely bring, or the values of a man who loves the club, has United in his blood, is adored by the fans as the most decorated player in the history of the club and has learnt the ropes from two of the best teachers anyone could have.

Current first team assistant boss Giggs is seemingly being groomed to take on the mantle and would be the sentimental/logical choice and, whilst it's true his lack of managerial experience is a sticking point, the men he has been mentored by (SAF and LVG) more than compensate for that and his appointment would make sense in many ways. 

Giggs knows the intricacies of United inside out, is highly respected by players and fans, has been at the club since he was eight, is learning on the job and, having had a little taster of managment as caretaker boss two seasons ago, would be by then surely ready to step into the hotseat. 

For Guardiola's part, he has made no secret of his desire to coach in the Premier League before he retires, and his trophy winning record - along with the sensational style of play implemented at Barca - would make him an ideal proposition for United's board. 

Giggsy has been pushed for the job by both SAF, Sir Bobby and Van Gaal (no higher accolade than that), but Ferguson is also known to be an admirer of Guardiola and the Catalan was thought to be on the list of potential successors when the Scot retired in 2013.

There are pro's and con's for both Messrs Guardiola and Giggs and its too early to predict what will happen but one thing's for sure, in 18 months time the picture will be a lot clearer. 

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