Why Mourinho doesn’t want Giggs as his assistant at Man Utd
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has decided not to offer the assistant managerial position to club legend Ryan Giggs.
It was gathered that the Portuguese manager is worried about having a direct rival working alongside him that may not provide the loyal support he expects.
Mourinho has decided against naming Giggs as his assistant because of his ambitions to be manager himself one day given he had thought the job would be his when Louis van Gaal was originally scheduled to leave in 2017.
The report claims “Mourinho demands unswerving loyalty and complete support in everything he does from his backroom team”, and would therefore feel “uncomfortable” should Giggs continue to work beneath him.
Mourinho believes the Welshman could have done more in his role as an assistant coach to Van Gaal, and David Moyes before him.
Mourinho is worried about Giggs touchline antics which saw his always sitting on the touchlines like Van Gaal and a shrink when things were at their worst has not been lost on some people.
It is even suggested that Mourinho finds Giggs’ close friendship with Paul Scholes to be disturbing.
Mourinho wants Giggs to take a role in the club’s youth setup just like Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique did at Barcelona but Giggs would see such a move as a step back.
It is said that despite being passed over for assistant manager – a role to be filled by long-standing Mourinho ally Rui Faria – he would have still preferred to stay at the club. But, with Mourinho keeping him away from the first-team staff, his options are juniors or nothing.