Ryan Giggs Not Yet Ready for the Manchester United Managerial Throne

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistApril 27, 2014

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 26:  Ryan Giggs of Manchester United walks to the dug out during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Norwich City at Old Trafford on April 26, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Manchester United fans will, for the large part, be in a state of delirium right now; the David Moyes era has come to a halt and the uncertain reign of interim manager Ryan Giggs is off with a skip in its step.

Saturday evening saw Giggs get his first experience as a manager as the Red Devils dished out a 4-0 defeat of struggling Norwich City, evoking a response from the Welshman that, per ESPN FC's John Brewin, he could only describe as "the best feeling I have had."

But there isn't yet need to roll out the red carpet. No cause to ring the bells of triumph despite the euphoria that may be enveloping Old Trafford and all those linked to it, for many perils still lie ahead for the club.

Following Saturday's action, BBC's Match of the Day cast a poll on whether or not Giggs should be handed the manager's seat on permanent terms, with 72 percent of viewers in approval of such a decision:

It's a natural reflex to such a glorious beginning, one might say. For right now, in the wake of what's been an almighty collapse at the Theatre of Dreams, there is cause to hold heads high once again. The Chosen One may have failed in his objective, but the club's golden child is here to rescue their cause.

Or at least that's what we'd be led to believe, but is Giggs truly ready for such a task?

With four games to go in their 2013-14 campaign and nought left to play for, it was a simple decision for those in the boardroom to make when they decided to hand their loyal servant the reins on a short-term basis.

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Club and squad morale edging close to empty following Moyes' tenure, Giggs was guaranteed to raise spirits in a low-risk/high-yield scenario. But this would still be too great a task for the man who's still studying to attain his UEFA Pro License and with other options at hand.

Granted, Giggs would be an easy option to appoint. United's executives could hand the 40-year-old a long-term deal in full knowledge that there wouldn't be many in opposition to rewarding such an adored figure, and the romanticised aspect of their relationship makes things all the sweeter.

But this isn't a time for the Red Devils to be sweet; in fact far from it. Now, more than ever, it's time to think with their heads and not with their hearts, as Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to "choose" Moyes was also slightly tainted by that sentiment.

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf (h/t Sky News) allege that a deal has already been agreed between Manchester United and Holland coach Louis van Gaal, for some time linked with the post.

A 62-year-old, Champions League-winning management veteran with domestic titles to his name in Holland, Spain and Germany, boasting credentials as helmsman of Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, AZ Alkmaar and now De Oranje.

There really isn't any comparison when spelled out in such methodical terms, a decision BT Sport's Ian Darke agrees with:

Of course, Van Gaal isn't the only option, either. An outfit of Manchester United's magnitude will always be considered an alluring possibility for most of the world's top coaches, and they in turn have the power to make what once seemed impossible, possible.

That's not to say Giggs will never be ready for the post; in fact, there's a superb chance that he may be the one who takes over next should he not be handed a permanent contract this time around. But patience is of the greatest virtue when things seem in direst need of a quick solution.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 26:  A banner showing support of Ryan Giggs during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Norwich City at Old Trafford on April 26, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Image
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In time, the Old Trafford faithful may well come to know success under Giggs, and it's only right that a romance so mutual be realised only when both parties are ready to unite in such a manner.

In fairness to him, Giggs could be a great manager, utilising all his club experience to achieve success. The problem is that the club have no space for "could" right now and are in more desperate need of "will."