Ryan Giggs has blasted the “ridiculous” critics who say he shouldn’t walk into a Premier League job.
Giggs has often spoke of his aspirations to manage at the top level, most notably when he applied for the vacant Swansea job last season.
He was beaten to that role by Bob Bradley, but apparently underwhelmed in the interview process.
He gave an interview to The Times last week about how he feels he would not be suited to managing at a lower level.
And now the Welshman has hit back at the critics who claim he hasn’t “put in the work” to coach.
“I did an interview last week about my managerial aspirations and received some criticism because apparently I wasn’t willing to manage at a lower level,” he told Sky Sports.
“I didn’t say anything at all about not managing at a lower level; I said because of my experience, I’d be more suited coaching at the level which I previously played and coached.
“My critic quoted Steven Gerrard saying, in his experience, footballers want to just do their UEFA C Licence and go straight into the job. I did my UEFA B Licence when I was 29, my A Licence when I was 35, my Pro Licence while I was still playing and I coached at Manchester United for three years – including managing four games – so I don’t see the relevance.
“The argument that players who have been a success can’t go into success is a non-argument. People use Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger but there are also countless examples of unsuccessful players being unsuccessful managers. It is all down to the individual.
“I played until I was 40 so I was doing my Pro Licence on a Saturday and Sunday, training on a Monday and Tuesday, doing more coaching and then driving back for Champions League games on Wednesday. To say I haven’t put in the work is ridiculous.”
No-one is saying you haven’t put in the work, Ryan. People are saying your first proper job probably shouldn’t be in the Premier League when you lost one of your four top-flight games to Gus Poyet’s Sunderland.