Ryan Giggs’ hopes of landing his first job in management look to have been thwarted by an old Manchester United colleague.
Giggs was one of the early frontrunners to replace Gary Caldwell at Championship side Wigan Athletic – but ESPN are now reporting that Man United under-23s manager Warren Joyce is in talks for the position.
Joyce has enjoyed a growing reputation in coaching circles since joining the Man United coaching staff as joint-manager of the under-21s (along with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer) in 2008. He took over the role outright upon Solskjaer’s departure in 2010, and since then the youth side has tasted league glory in three of the last four seasons.
He has also been credited with helping to bring through the likes of Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and any number of Man United’s promising youngsters.
He has previously been linked with the then-vacant post at Hull City (where he was player-manager for a time at the end of the last century) and was heavily linked with a move to Blackburn Rovers before the Championship side ultimately went with Owen Coyle.
Caldwell was removed from his position last week with Wigan currently second from bottom in the Championship table. The Latics celebrated promotion from League One at the end of last season but Caldwell was fired after a run of just two wins from the side’s opening 14 league games.
As is the way with these things, it’s hard to know just how close Giggs was to this role, especially in comparison with the Hull and Swansea jobs earlier in the season. His name will undoubtedly continue to be linked with a number of Premier League and Championship clubs (though he is not on the Wolves shortlist at all) until such time as someone ends up giving him a job.