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23rd Oct 2017

Ryan Giggs’ comments about Leicester and Everton jobs have sparked a strong reaction

No one wants to give it Giggsy 'till the end of the season

Robert Redmond

Both Leicester City and Everton are looking for a new manager.

Leicester sacked Craig Shakespeare last week after just one win in their last 10 Premier League matches under him. Before Saturday’s 2-1 win over Swansea, the Foxes had collected just six points from their first eight league games this season, and it had been their worst start to a top-flight season since 2003.

Everton parted company with Ronald Koeman on Monday, after Everton’s 5-2 loss to Arsenal at Goodison Park on Sunday. The Merseyside club spent close to £150m during the summer on new players, but find themselves in the bottom three after a poor run of form over the opening two months of the season.

Neither sacking, particularly Koeman’s dismissal, came as too much of a surprise.

The focus will now be on who’ll replace the pair at the respective Premier League clubs, and there appears to be no obvious candidate for either position – until now.

Ryan Giggs has entered the running, and by that we mean he was asked if he would like to be manager of Leicester or Everton, and he of course said he would.

“I think you look at those two teams, Leicester being champions two seasons ago, Everton being a fantastic club with a fantastic history, for me these are clubs I would be interested in,” Giggs told Sky Sports.

“However, there are a lot of coaches out there who would be interested in those positions. I’ve said all along that I’d be open to clubs which share the ambitions of myself. I want to improve clubs and improve 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.”

Giggs worked as Louis van Gaal’s assistant for two seasons at Manchester United, and was briefly caretaker manager following David Moyes’ dismissal as manager in April 2014. The former winger left the club when Jose Mourinho took charge in the summer of 2016, and he was interviewed for the managerial position at Swansea last year, but didn’t get the role. Giggs said his own ambitions weren’t matched by the club.

“I was enjoying a bit of travelling and I got a call off Swansea and I met them a couple of times,” he said.

“In the end there was just mixed messages from the football side and the ownership side of the club. I just felt their ambitions did not really match mine, so it didn’t quite work out.”

Giggs still wants to become a manager, so of course he was going to say he’s interested in two Premier League jobs when asked about them. However, the reaction towards his comments hasn’t been positive.