04/23 08:05 CDT Giggs to be assisted by ex-Man United teammates
Giggs to be assisted by ex-Man United teammates
AP Sports Writer
LONDON (AP) --- Ryan Giggs will be assisted by a trio of former Manchester
United teammates as he tries to stabilize England's biggest club after the
abrupt dismissal of David Moyes.
The 40-year-old Giggs, United's most decorated player, is in charge of the team
for the final four matches of the Premier League season until a full-time
replacement is hired. The Welshman presided over Wednesday morning's training
session supported by Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville.
They are all products of the so-called "Class of 92" youth team, which included
David Beckham and was instrumental in United's exceptional success under Alex
It was Ferguson who hand-picked Moyes to succeed him after more than 26 years
in charge, but his fellow Scotsman's 10-month reign saw United go from Premier
League champions to seventh-place strugglers.
In his first public comments since Tuesday's firing, Moyes agreed that results
"have not been what Manchester United and its fans are used to or expect."
"I both understand and share their frustration," he said in a statement
released by the League Managers' Association.
Moyes was troubled that he first learned about his impending firing in the
media rather than directly from the American-owned club's hierarchy.
"Throughout his time at United, David, as he always does, has conducted himself
with integrity and professionalism, values that he believes in and that have
been strongly associated with the club and its rich tradition," LMA chief
executive Richard Bevan said. "It is therefore sad to see the end of David's
tenure at United being handled in an unprofessional manner."
Moyes used his statement to acknowledge the "dedication and loyalty" of his
coaching staff, which included Giggs and Neville.
Butt has been promoted to work with the first team under Giggs after coaching
with United's under-19 and under-21 teams. Scholes, who retired from playing
last year, has returned to help out his former teammate. Giggs, Butt, Neville
and Scholes have made 2,453 appearances for United in total.
The next game for the 20-time English champions is against Norwich on Saturday,
with the team now unable to finish in the top four Champions League places.
Failure to qualify for Europe's top club competition ultimately cost Moyes his
"Taking charge after such a long period of continuous stability and success at
the club was inevitably going to be a significant challenge, but it was one
which I relished and never had a second thought about taking on," Moyes said.
"The scale of the manager's job at United is immense, but I have never stepped
away from hard work . we were fully focused and committed to the process of the
fundamental rebuilding that is required for the senior squad."
Louis van Gaal, who is leaving his position as Netherlands coach after the
World Cup in Brazil and has previously coached Barcelona and Bayern Munich, is
the favorite to succeed Moyes on a full-time basis.