Ryan Giggs favourite for Wales job
Ryan Giggs has re-emerged as the man Wales chiefs want to replace Chris Coleman as manager of their national team.
But the Welsh FA face a fight winning the winger away from Manchester United, with boss David Moyes keen to keep Giggs on his coaching staff.
Coleman’s contract as Wales boss runs out after next month’s friendly against Finland.
The former Fulham boss, who is being linked with the vacant manager's job at former club Crystal Palace, is understood to have lost the faith of some members on the FAW.
Chief executive Jonathan Ford has been open about his disappointment at results during the nation’s World Cup qualifying campaign.
Other options are being explored and although Craig Bellamy has refused to rule out the prospect of succeeding Coleman, Giggs – who won 64 caps for Wales – is their ambitious No.1 choice.
The 39-year-old, who has completed his UEFA Pro Licence, has played eight times for the Old Trafford giants this season and is tipped for a greater involvement on the coaching side under Moyes.
But FAW chiefs believe Giggs, possibly with an experienced man as his No.2, would excite fans and players ahead of their Euro 2016 campaign.
Although Giggs is still involved in the game as a player, so too was Mark Hughes when he was offered the Wales job in 1999.
The FAW would need to talk him round, however, as only this month Giggs poured cold water on the idea of bossing his country.
He said: “I’m enjoying my coaching role at Manchester United. It’s been great. It hasn’t yet got to the point when I go into the dressing room and everything falls quiet.
“But education is the next step in my career and I’m enjoying it. I am enjoying working with the new manager.”