Why is Ferguson doing this? Giggs has zero management experience, let alone the experience that is required to take the reins at England’s most successful club. Has the Moyes saga not taught us anything? Has it not unequivocally shown that not all managers, even ones who have had moderate success at mid-level clubs (like Moyes had had) are suited to the task of managing the elite clubs? Moyes was a respected manager, a man who had firmly established Everton in the Premier League over a ten year period, and he couldn’t cut it. The blow that his sacking will have on his reputation will be devastating. This blow shouldn’t be repeated on another, infinitely more loved, victim. It is well established that a successful playing career does not automatically equate to some increased talent for management. Yes, great players have become great managers; Kenny Dalglish (the first time) is an example. Pep Guardiola was a great player. But so were Maradona, and Paolo Di Canio, and Jurgen Klinsmann, and Clarence Seedorf. None have shown themselves to be great managers, yet. Mourinho wasn’t particularly successful as a player, neither was Arsene Wenger, and neither, in fact, was Alex Ferguson. But it didn’t hinder them as managers; it might even have helped them, allowing them to relate to the game in a more detached way.
And yet, with his own career as an example to the contrary, Ferguson said of Giggs’ managerial credentials, that