Ryan Giggs isn’t bothered by the fact that Bob Bradley, a backwoods soccer man from America, was named new Swansea City manager — a position for which Giggs also interviewed — while he remains unemployed as an aspiring, inexperienced, unproven managerial prospect.
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Nope, Giggs isn’t bothered by it one bit. In fact, he didn’t even want the job in the end. It was beneath him; too small for a man with all of four games of first-team managerial experience.
It must have been a rough few days for the Manchester United playing legend, as he rounded out the week by appearing on ITV in the UK on Saturday, at which point he claimed it was his decision, not that of the club’s board, who decided Swansea wouldn’t be his first full-time manager’s job — quotes from the Mirror:
“Their ambitions didn’t quite match mine so it didn’t work out.”
“[There were] mixed messages from the club and it didn’t really work out.”
We know this to be untrue — mostly so, at the very least — thanks to this bit of in-depth reporting by Rory Smith of the New York Times, in which he states Huw Jenkins, Swansea’s Welsh chairman — not the two American owners also in the room — was the member of the interview panel most impressed by Bradley’s depth of knowledge of the Premier League, his level of preparation, and a wealth of experience — which even includes a relegation battle, something he’ll likely face this season, while at Stabaek — the world over.
Most of all, however, Kaplan, Levien and the Swansea chairman, Huw Jenkins, were taken aback by the depth of Bradley’s knowledge. For the last five years, since leaving the United States, Bradley has found himself in Egypt during a revolution, on the edge of the Arctic Circle in Norway and in the backwaters of France’s second division.
Yet, as he quietly went through the strengths and weaknesses of Swansea’s players, describing his hypothetical tactics, it became absolutely plain that no matter where he has been, he has always had his eye on the Premier League.
It’s been widely reported that Giggs interviewed poorly, thus was not hired. He might be able to convince the general public his managerial credentials are in excess of reality, but the folks that matter — the same ones who have handed out eight PL jobs since the end of last season — they won’t be swayed by sour grapes.