Ryan Giggs will leave Manchester United this week and take on the vacant manager’s post at Nottingham Forest, reports claim.
The Independent and Daily Mirror both report that this will be the week that Giggs “is expected to finally walk away from Old Trafford following weeks of speculation concerning his future.” And the Mirror goes even further, claiming that the 42-year-old is on the verge of being named new Nottingham Forest manager.
“The Manchester United legend has agreed to leave the club he has served 29 years as apprentice, player and coach to take on his first permanent managerial role,” writes the Mirror’s Matt Lawless.
Forest have not had a permanent manager since Dougie Freedman left in March. Paul Williams has been the interim caretaker of a club with one of the richest histories in English football.
Contrary to several previous reports Giggs had been offered a role under new manager Jose Mourinho, but would have been forced to accept a demotion to do so with Mourinho’s long-time confidant Rui Faria to be assistant manager at United. And rather than accept that, Giggs has decided to take the plunge. “After serving two years as Louis van Gaal’s assistant, Giggs has decided to jump into management himself and is now set to take charge at the City Ground,” the Mirror adds. “It’s believed Giggs decided his fate last week after pulling out of a planned trip to Euro 2016 to watch Wales’ defeat by England in Lens.”