Hands off our Ryan! Fergie tells Wales to forget about appointing Giggs as manager
Staying put: Giggs will not be taking over as Wales manager
Sir Alex Ferguson has rejected an approach from the Welsh FA to make Ryan Giggs their new manager.
The FAW had highlighted the Manchester United legend as their main target when they began looking for a successor to the late Gary Speed earlier this month.
United boss Ferguson was approached and
told that Giggs would only be required in a part-time role so that he
could continue to play the club, but the Scot turned down the request.
An FAW source said: 'He [Giggs] was
always seen as the natural successor to Gary, but Sir Alex immediately
told us there is no chance.
'It’s disappointing as many saw Ryan as
the man to continue the foundations laid by Gary. But even a part-time
role, which was also mentioned, was also immediately rejected.'
Ferguson has revealed that he wants to
offer Giggs, who made 64 caps for Wales before retiring from
international football in 2007, a one-year contract extension.
That would take the age-defying midfielder into his 40th year.
The FAW will now turn their attention
elsewhere as they look to appoint a new manager before the Gary Speed
memorial match against Costa Rica on February 29.
Chris Coleman is the current favourite for the job, with John Hartson also in contention.
Captain Aaron Ramsey is disappointed that he has not been consulted by the FAW over their search for a new man.
Prize asset: Ferguson (left) wants Giggs to carry on playing for another season
Ramsey, 21, is keen for Speed's former assistants Raymond Verheijen and Osian Roberts to stay on in the coaching set-up, with Verheijen having indicated he would like the chance to take over as manager.
Ramsey said he would also welcome the
appointment of a senior figurehead, providing the current coaching
staff are kept on, as Wales look to maintain the improvement they showed
But the Arsenal midfielder feels that
the FAW should have been in touch by now to seek his views on the way
forward for the team.
Defying the odds: Giggs will be 39 this year
Asked if they have been in contact, Ramsey told BBC Radio Five Live: 'Disappointingly, no they haven't. I've spoken to some of the other players as well and they haven't been told anything.'
Ramsey suggested that other countries would have conducted the search differently by involving senior players.
'Obviously in the circumstances I thought they would have contacted myself and a few other players to ask for our opinion,' he said.
'We don't want to be taking a backwards step again and having a big change and players not wanting to turn up and play for their country.
'At the moment everybody wants to play. Everybody is reporting for international duty and enjoying themselves.'
Verheijen, who has helped coach Holland, Russia and South Korea, was
brought into the Wales set-up shortly after Speed's appointment in
December 2010 and had helped oversee a recent run of four wins in their
last five internationals.
Leader on the pitch: Skipper Aaron Ramsey is keen to take Wales forward
has warned of the potential for Wales, who have climbed to 48th place
in the FIFA rankings, to move in the wrong direction if the FAW make the
comments echo those of Gareth Bale from December, when the Tottenham and
Wales winger said he hoped the FAW would 'come to their senses and
stick with what we've got'.
'Gary brought in a lot of staff and
we had a structure there which we all knew, what we had to do, and we
just want as little change as possible,' Ramsey said.
had great results in the last few games. Everyone was playing with
confidence and the style he and the staff have shown us we've adapted to
'We don't want to have a big change now and have to go through that process again.'
Verheijen has expressed firm interest in taking charge and Ramsey would not want to see he and Roberts leave.
Team: Gary Speed (left) and Raymond Verheijen worked well together
'Absolutely, I think that's key,' Ramsey said. 'I've spoken to a few of the other players about it and they all feel like I do.
'We need to keep the staff we have now and I think what we've done so far has been really good and we can still build on it.
'So keeping the same people there is going to be key to our success I think.
'We don't want a new manager who is going to bring in a whole new staff which is going to bring their own styles and techniques.'
He added that the appointment of a 'figurehead' such as former Wales and Liverpool striker Ian Rush could be 'a good option'.
On playing for Giggs, Ramsey added: 'I'm not sure about what his feelings are about it but to have somebody like that would be a great appointment.'