It’s been a solid couple hours since we had Manchester United news, and the BBC brings us a welcome reprieve from all of that quiet.
Sources tell BBC Sport that interim manager Ryan Giggs is not being considered as a permanent solution despite his pedigree and status as a club legend.
Manager David Moyes was fired earlier today after less than a year on the job.
From the BBC:
News that Giggs is unlikely to succeed Moyes on a full-time basis may disappoint some fans. However Robbie Savage – who was in the United youth ranks with Giggs and was also a team-mate with Wales – says United need an experienced head as they look to rebuild their squad over the summer.
“In the future, Ryan can be a successful manager,” Savage told BBC Sport. “But going forward it’s such a huge transfer window for United that they need an experienced man at the helm.
“Keeping Ryan as assistant manager would be a great idea. He has United in his blood and has won countless trophies.”
Giggs may very well be a great manager, but Savage’s quotes are dead-on (especially if the Red Devils were to tab an older manager like Louis van Gaal or Carlo Ancelotti). There may come a time for Giggs to run the ship for more than four games, but it’s not likely to be now. For every Clarence Seedorf, there’s a bunch of Gennaro Gattusos. It doesn’t come right away.
And as much as he loves the club, perhaps even Giggs knows he’s not completely ready for the gig.
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In some ways, all managers are the same: intelligent football men messing around with the puzzle that is winning matches.
But to listen to Jurgen Klopp’s introductory press conference is to get a different view. While some managers sound like they create the puzzles, or even create the game itself, Klopp speaks of the challenge with reverence.
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In other words, it seems unlikely we will be hearing him utter phrases designed at painting himself as a Picasso of the pitch, rather that of a museum curator.
For example, here’s the new Liverpool boss on the club’s history.
From JPW on Merseyside:
“Twenty-five years ago [since the last league title] is a long time,” Klopp said. “History is only the base for us, [we shouldn’t] keep the history in our backpack all day. I want to see the first step next week and not always compare with other times. This is a great club with big potential. Everything is there. Let’s try to start a new way. Everything is different – I don’t know it all but I’m a pretty good listener.”
The “normal one” speaks like an honor student, not the know-it-all professor demanding students regurgitate facts from the book he wrote and tossed on the syllabus.
And perhaps this is the manner in which the Reds will add a new, positive chapter to their storied history.
Broadcaster and New York soccer hero Shep Messing caused quite a stir with his comments during the Red Bulls/Impact match on Wednesday, and those words have cause plenty of reaction in MLS.
If you missed it, Messing claims that New York City FC is ready to move on from Jason Kreis after just one season, and that Seattle coach Sigi Schmid is set to swap jobs with the NYC boss.
Messing also claims that Caleb Porter could end his disappointing run in Portland to head back to college soccer.
Kreis and Schmid disagree. The latter says he loves the Sounders and is committed to bringing an MLS Cup to Seattle. Kreis was just flabbergasted.
“I was watching the game last night, and it caught me completely by surprise. I thought that was an absolutely ludicrous statement and unfounded,” Kreis said after training Thursday. “I have no knowledge of that information at all, and I kind of scratch my head because at the end of the day I’m very happy here.”
So is there any truth here? The Porter part makes sense, especially if the Timbers fail to make the postseason again and the brash coach wishes to go back to a place where he’s had success.
As for Schmid and Kreis, that’s a curious one. Maybe NYC’s star studded roster would like a change, and Schmid has more success with big egos. And Kreis would thrive just about anywhere, but why would NYC ditch a man who built this from scratch? They’ve invested so much in the ex-RSL legend.