Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly against offering any new role to Old Trafford legend Ryan Giggs in his coaching staff in the upcoming season.
It is being reported that Mourinho expects loyalty and worries Giggs might become a direct rival if he works alongside him.
The latest report also contradicts previous claims by the ‘Special One’ about finding a spot for Giggs in his support staff.
According to The Times, Mourinho has decided against his previous statement as a result of Giggs ambitions to be manager himself, a role many thought would be his after Louis van Gaal was originally scheduled to leave in 2017.
The report from The Times notes that “Mourinho demands unswerving loyalty and complete support in everything he does from his backroom team”, and would therefore feel “uncomfortable” should Giggs continue to work beneath him, all the while harbouring the top job.
Many Man United observers also feel that Giggs could have done more in his role as an assistant coach during van Gaal and David Moyes’ term.
Another factor cited in The Times report is the close friendship between Giggs and Red Devils former defender Paul Scholes. Scholes has been a vocal critic of Van Gaal’s tactics, a scene which Mourinho seeks to avoid.
Ryan Giggs might have to follow the footsteps of Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique by heading the club’s youth setup where if successful can make a comeback to coach the big leagues again.