Giggs fancies another EPL crack

Ryan Giggs' dugout experience has only been that of a caretaker and assistant manager.
Ryan Giggs' dugout experience has only been that of a caretaker and assistant manager.

Ex-United star interested in vacancies at Leicester, Everton as he eyes manager role

LONDON • Former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs has expressed his interest in the vacant managerial positions at English Premier League sides Leicester City and Everton.

Everton sacked manager Ronald Koeman on Monday after they dropped into the relegation zone following Sunday's humiliating 5-2 home defeat by Arsenal.

The Dutchman became the third managerial casualty of the season after Crystal Palace fired his compatriot Frank de Boer four league games into the season and Leicester parted ways with Craig Shakespeare last week.

"For me, these are clubs I would be interested in," Giggs told Sky Sports, referring to 18th-placed Everton and Leicester, who sit four places above them.

"I think you look at those two teams, Leicester being champions two seasons ago, Everton being a fantastic club with a fantastic history.

"However, there are a lot of coaches out there who would be interested in those positions."

Giggs won 13 Premier League titles and made a record 963 appearances for United before managing them for four games on an interim basis following the sacking of David Moyes in 2014.

The Welshman then worked as an assistant manager under Louis van Gaal, but followed the Dutchman out of Old Trafford after being offered a reduced role under current manager Jose Mourinho.

The 43-year-old has in the past suggested that there were too many foreign managers in the league and that left little opportunity for British talent.

Giggs also said he was open to managing in English football's lower divisions.

"I've said all along that I'd be open to clubs which share the ambitions of myself," he said.

"I want to improve clubs and players, to enjoy working for them and for players to enjoy the challenge.

"There are clubs in the Premier League which would be good jobs but also in the Championship and League One. It's more about the philosophy for me than the stature of the club."

Former England international Phil Neville, part of United's "Class of 92" with Giggs, is also reportedly interested in the Everton job, according to the BBC.

Neville, a BBC Match of the Day pundit, made more than 250 appearances for Everton in eight years after departing United in 2005.

The 40-year-old former Everton captain had also previously spoken about a desire to manage a club on a full-time basis, after leaving his role as an assistant manager at Spanish LaLiga side Valencia last year.

Sky Sports have also linked Burnley manager Sean Dyche with both Everton and Leicester posts.

Former Manchester City and current Hebei China Fortune boss Manuel Pellegrini is another option, while Carlo Ancelotti could also be in the running following his sacking from Bayern Munich last month.

REUTERS

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