At least 30 of Sir Alex Ferguson’s former players have gone on to attempt managerial careers of their own.
Their success has varied, ranging from Michael Appleton’s brief stints at Portsmouth, Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers to the likes of Steve Bruce and Mark Hughes, who will be in charge of Premier League sides Hull and Stoke, respectively, this coming season.
But perhaps the iconic Manchester United manager’s most promising prodigy is only now setting out on the coaching path.
Giggs, who will complete his UEFA coaching license next summer, has never hid his desire to one day follow in Ferguson’s footsteps and according to the betting site Oddschecker.com is now the odds-on favourite to one day succeed incoming United boss David Moyes at Old Trafford Daily Mail).
All signs point to the 39-year-old becoming an excellent manager, and his current role at United will serve as a constructive process both for him and the club he has represented for so long.
Following are five reasons why Giggs will both excel in his new coaching role and eventually flourish as a first-team manager in top-flight club football.