Ryan Giggs insists that it was his choice to leave Manchester United, and that Jose Mourinho did not offer him a role at the club.
Giggs parted company with United upon Mourinho’s appointment as manager in 2016, bringing to an end his almost 30-year association with the club.
The Welshman starred first as a player at Old Trafford then as a coach, and became Louis van Gaal’s assistant manager after four games as interim boss in mid-2014.
Many expected Giggs to take over from Van Gaal when the Dutchman’s contract ended in 2017, but he was removed from the post a year early and Mourinho was appointed.
The Portuguese brought his coaching team to the role, leaving Giggs in a position where he only felt he could leave.
“There was no offer from Jose Mourinho. No offer. It was my choice to go,” Giggs told Manchester Evening News.
“As soon as Louis was going I had made my decision to go.
“I had done two years and I wanted to do three years under Louis. It didn’t happen. That was my plan to do my three years and see what happened after that.
“Unfortunately, that was cut short. It happens. That’s football. But I didn’t really feel I could go on at the club in any other capacity apart from manager.
On his current situation, he added: “I’m quite happy with life at the moment. I have always said I would like to go into coaching but I am not in any rush. I am not desperate.
“If the right job comes along I will look at it. But I have other things. I do technical observer work for UEFA, I do TV. I am still watching a lot of football and am involved in football but I also have a lot of other stuff. I am able to watch my son play football which I have never been able to do. It is a nice balance at the moment.
“I feel I have all the attributes to be a good coach, a good manager for sure.
“I spoke to Swansea. It didn’t work out. Because I have said I want to go into coaching and management every job that comes up I am linked with..and then I miss out on the job without having spoken to anyone! That’s frustrating, but that’s football.
“I don’t expect to walk into a job and I have never expected that. Maybe owners and football clubs just look at the football player rather than the work I have done to be a coach.
“I got my A licence while I was playing, I was the only person to do my pro licence while I was playing.
“In my eyes I had a fantastic two years under Louis van Gaal. I had a brilliant education as assistant manager of Manchester United. I managed the club for four matches which is invaluable experience.
“I have done the apprenticeship I have just not done the real thing yet.”