Giggs preparing for career away from management
Van Gaal has declared Giggs his Man Utd successor, but Welshman accepts his dream could turn sour
Ryan Giggs admits his dream of managing Manchester United could end in misery.
And the Welshman is already preparing for life after management.
Louis van Gaal has declared Giggs his successor at Old Trafford - but the United legend has made a point of taking on a number of projects in case his coaching aspirations fail.
The 41-year-old is considered a future boss among United’s hierarchy - and has been deliberately kept involved at the club since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
He was part of David Moyes’ coaching staff and was appointed Van Gaal’s successor when the Dutchman took over last year.
It is not clear if Giggs is considered United’s next manager among the club’s hierarchy, but the hope is that he can one day take charge.
Van Gaal declared at an event for supporters on Wednesday: “I feel I am introducing the next manager of Manchester United.”
Yet Giggs admits he will be facing a battle to last longer than two years in the job - and has taken on various business projects as insurance.
“Long term the stats are there,” said Giggs. “It’s not particularly about my position - the stats are there. Managers don’t last very long in jobs.
“What is it 18 months, two years on average?
“It’s a fact - in 20 years' time you won’t be in the same job as you are now.”
Among Giggs’ outside interests is his part-ownership in Salford City FC, along with Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and the Nevilles.
He and Gary Neville have also entered the hospitality sector with their involvement in Hotel Football and Cafe Football.
Last season Scholes claimed Giggs was impatient to succeed in management, suggesting he could move on before Van Gaal’s three-year contract is up.
Giggs, who had a short spell as United’s caretaker manager when Moyes was sacked, makes no secret of his ambition.
“I think you just want to be the best at whatever you do,” he said. “It’s a different mind-set.
“As a player you are pretty selfish, making sure you are ready for that Saturday and being sure you are physically and mentally ready.
“You’ve got to change your thinking completely - from being someone who's selfish to thinking about other people at work and how other people are feeling.
“It can be tough at times like anything. It’s fulfilling. I’m enjoying doing different things. You’ll never beat playing football in my eyes.
“The feeling walking out at Old Trafford or playing in a Champions League game - but you try to get as close as you can to that feeling.”