Ryan Giggs reveals opposing management views to Sir Alex Ferguson
Manchester United player-coach Ryan Giggs has followed his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson in giving a Harvard Business School-style case study of how to build a successful team.
Giggs’ masterclass appears in the first issue of Performance, produced by the Leaders in sport brand, for which the United great was interviewed by Professor Chris Brady from the Cass Business School.
Giggs and Fergie, not surprisingly after so many years together winning trophies, share many ideals — especially having people in the team who will go to the edge to win.
But Giggs is more prepared to accommodate difficult characters, while Ferguson famously discarded anyone challenging his absolute authority or affecting the atmosphere in the dressing-room. These included the wayward Ravel Morrison, who scored a wonder goal for West Ham last weekend.
Ferguson told Harvard Business Review that ‘you have to cut the cord. It doesn’t matter if the person is the best player in the world.’
Giggs says: 'You need a group of seven or eight players who are going to be reliable week in and week out.’ But he will accept problem player 'game-changers' with Brady writing that Giggs believes: 'The solid citizens in the team will put up with their relative unreliability for the benefit of the collective.'