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Manchester United Legend Ryan Giggs Backs Louis Van Gaal Among Suggested Candidates For New England Manager – Watch Full Interview

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Following Roy Hodgson’s resignation as Three Lions manager after England’s humiliating loss to Iceland at the Euro 2016 in France, the Football Association is left with a tough job to fill in the void.

England are reported to be willing to wait until 2017 to appoint someone in a permanent role, filling the post in the meantime with an interim boss.

Meanwhile Ryan Giggs, who is all set to bid goodbye to Manchester United after 29 years of service, made it clear that the English Football Association should consider former Red Devils boss Louis Van Gaal as one of the candidates to fill the vacant managerial post.

Ryan Giggs spoke as pundit for ITV and asserted his belief that England should ‘stick to the plan’ and ‘appoint from within.’ He accentuated that Gareth Southgate might be the right man to look out for as a coach but he thinks it is a bit premature.

Giggs also stated that the Football Association must think out of the box and bring someone with an experience of the Premier League to sit above guide the coach for the next two years.

This is where Giggs thinks, that names like Van Gaal or Sir Alex Fergusson can play a quintessential role for the Three Lions.

“Who’s the next in line? Gareth Southgate. Now, maybe you have to tweak it a little bit because it’s a bit premature. Maybe you have to bring someone in who can help him along for the next couple of years,” Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs explained.

“Southgate is the coach, the man in charge, but bring someone in who’s had experience at tournaments and has got experience of the Premier League.”

However Southgate (Under-21 team manager) who is the bookmakers’ favourite to be the new England manager, has made it clear that he does not want the job either on a temporary or permanent basis.
“There are many names. Glenn Hoddle, Terry Venables, Sir Alex Ferguson, Louis van Gaal. Think outside the box,” Giggs added.

“His skill-set, regimented nature and track record may just be exactly what this version of England actually need. And he’s built with a little fire in his belly.”

“Van Gaal played a key role in building up a number of United’s failing Englishmen, and has a fantastic record of developing young players into world-class footballers. Over more than two decades, by the way.”

“He’s got the horn for it, still. And will feel hard-done-by considering how his last job ended. He actually won the FA Cup, and remember, his performance with the Netherlands at the 2014 World Cup (finishing third) was an initial reason most were so excited by his United appointment.”

England face Slovakia in September in World Cup qualifying, followed by group games against Malta and Slovenia.

Anirban Das
Anirban Das's journey to Delhi via Kolkata involves football, music, curiosity (which one day can kill the cat) and food. Following global football opens up an infinite space within him in both the conscious and subconscious self, away from the din and bustle of the madding crowd. Supports Manchester United & Barcelona

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