Tony Pulis wants Ryan Giggs back in Wales colours
GARY SPEED has been urged to persuade Ryan Giggs out of international retirement – by Wales’ top Premier League boss.
Stoke manager Tony Pulis has applauded the decision of FAW chiefs to put Speed in charge of the national team on a three-year deal.
But Pulis admits Speed’s job would be made a lot easier by tempting former captain and Manchester United star Giggs into resuming his Wales career – starting with the Euro 2012 qualifier against England at Cardiff in March.
“I’ve been a manager for 18 or 19 years now and it can be a tough business,” said Pulis.
“The big thing for me is can Gary get Ryan Giggs back for Wales?
“I’d love to see Ryan back playing for Wales, particularly for those two European Championship matches against England.”
Speed’s first game in charge will be the Carling Nations Cup game against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin next month.
Then it’s that Millennium Stadium showdown against England as Speed aims to pull Wales up from their lowly Fifa ranking of 112.
“I have a lot of time for Gary, he is going to be a good manager,” said Pulis. “He had an eye-opener at Sheffield United. That was a difficult job to take because there seem to be a lot of problems behind the scenes.
“Gary was chucked in with the sharks on that one, but sometimes you are best off as a manager getting rough times early on. You have to deal with it.
“Gary is in charge, he’s the right man and I wish him all the best.”