Wales assistant Osian Roberts tips Ryan Giggs as Chris Coleman successor
Wales assistant Osian Roberts says Ryan Giggs would be a good successor to departing Wales manager Chris Coleman.
Coleman was offered a new contract by the Football Association of Wales on Friday, but the 47-year-old tendered his resignation and is set to take over at Championship strugglers Sunderland.
Giggs, 43, is the bookmakers' favourite to succeed Coleman, with Roberts also among the list of leading contenders.
"I would like to think Ryan would make a good Wales manager," Roberts said.
Roberts compared a potential appointment of Giggs to that of former Wales boss Gary Speed.
Speed led Wales from 2010 until his death in 2011, with Coleman succeeding his friend and former team-mate.
Despite struggling initially, Coleman led Wales to a first major finals in 58 years at Euro 2016, where his side defied the odds to reach the semi-finals.
With Coleman now set to return to club management, Roberts says he can see why the FAW could be attracted to former Manchester United winger and caretaker manager Giggs.
Giggs, who won 64 caps for Wales and scored 12 goals, took temporary charge at Old Trafford for four games when David Moyes was sacked in April 2014.
"Obviously Gary [Speed] came into the role and was very inexperienced at the time, but did fantastically well," Roberts said.
"It is an unknown, but there are no guarantees anyway... experience does not guarantee you success.
"An inexperienced manager, albeit with experience second to none as a player that would hold him [Giggs] in good stead."
Coleman's decision to depart as national team coach is a blow to the FAW after he indicated he felt he was 'the man to lead Wales'.
It is understood more than one offer was made to Coleman, while his request for the FAW to employ head of performance Ryland Morgans and psychologist Ian Mitchell on full-time contracts was also understood to be accepted.
Welsh football's governing body was also willing to spend £500,000 on new training facilities.