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Ryan Giggs ruled out as new Wales manager

Ryan Giggs may be Wales boss one day but not just yet
Ryan Giggs may be Wales manager one day but not just yet

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says there is no chance of Ryan Giggs becoming the new Wales boss.

But ex-Utd striker and former Wales boss Mark Hughes urged Giggs to take the job if offered the chance.

Former Wales captain Giggs is among the bookies' favourites to replace John Toshack, who stood down on Thursday.

Hughes, who combined playing for Blackburn with managing Wales said: "He [Giggs] has to decide if it's right for him but I'd recommend it to him."

However, Ferguson says that the 36-year-old winger will be concentrating on his playing career at Old Trafford.

"I spoke to him [Giggs]. It will not happen," said Ferguson, who also ruled out the possibility of Giggs taking on the role part-time.

"It is impossible to do both. We have to be selfish here, I am not even prepared to negotiate on this matter."

Ferguson also hinted strongly that Giggs will continue playing beyond the end of this season, suggesting a further year's extension to his current contract is in the pipeline.

John Toshack
Chris Coleman, John Hartson
Ryan Giggs, Tony Pulis, Kenny Jackett, Gary Speed
Brian Flynn, Dean Saunders

"At his age, Ryan needs to use all his energy and concentration to be here," Ferguson added.

"It is a big season for him. It may be his second last, it may be his last. We want it to be the second last.

"The best way for that to happen is for him to concentrate on being here."

However, Hughes contends that management ambitions can only be boosted by taking on a role such as the Wales job.

He said: "I was still playing in the Premier League when I got the Wales job," said the Fulham boss.

"I initially thought I could play and manage but quickly found out that was impossible.

"The way I coped with it was by separating both roles. At the club I was very much a player but had a different attitude when I was with the international squad.

"Maybe if Ryan got the job he'd do it in a different way and it will be interesting to see if he's interested in it.

"He has to decide if it's right for him but I'd recommend it to him. If he rang I'd say take it.

"If he does go for it, he needs to surround himself with good staff who will protect and help him.

"For me it was the best thing I ever did - it enabled me to become the manager I am now because it's a huge learning curve.

"It exposes you initially and you can think "what the hell happened there?", but then you have the window to sit back and review how to do things better.

"As a learning experience for a young manager it's fantastic. Everyone says international football is for older managers, but I think it's fantastic opportunity for a young manager."

Another former Wales captain, Gary Speed, has ruled himself out of becoming the new Welsh boss.

Speed only replaced Kevin Blackwell as Sheffield United manager less than a month ago and will concentrate on his first managerial position.

But the new Bramall Lane boss has backed Chris Coleman, currently out of work after getting sacked in May after 18 months at Championship side Coventry City, is the ideal man to succeed Toshack.

Speed insists Coleman, who has also managed Fulham and Spanish side Real Sociedad, has the attributes to galvanise Wales' youngsters and lift the apathy around the Welsh national team.

"Cookie [Coleman] is the one for me," Speed told BBC Sport. "He is up there because he has experience.

"He has his coaching badges, he has managed at the top level for six or seven years and is out of work - so he is the one name that jumps out at me.

"Being a Welshman you'd always be interested in the job but obviously the timing is difficult for me - maybe in the future."

Gary Speed
The set of Welsh players is as talented a bunch as I've known

Former Wales captain Gary Speed

Former defender Coleman won 32 caps in his 10-year Wales career before retiring in 2002 after breaking his leg in a car crash.

The 40-year-old, who joined Jean Tigana's backroom staff to pursue a coaching career aged 32, replaced the Frenchman as Fulham manager in 2003 becoming the youngest boss in the Premier League.

Coleman and ex-Wales striker John Hartson are the first two men to have declared an interest in taking the vacant position.

Fellow Welshmen Tony Pulis, manager at ambitious Premier League side Stoke City, and Kenny Jackett, now boss of Championship new boys Millwall, have both ruled themselves out of being Wales' 13th manager.

Toshack left his Wales job after six years by "mutual consent" with the Football Association of Wales after losing his first Euro 2012 qualifier, 1-0 away to Montenegro last week.

Wales Under-21 coach Brian Flynn is among the favourites to take the Wales reins and has received the backing of Toshack, the man who appointed him into the Wales backroom staff.

And Flynn may follow his ex-pupils such as Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Collison and step up from a youth role to take Welsh football's top job.

"We have worked side-by-side and watched these players come through from an early age and step up to international level," said Toshack.

Former Wales striker Dean Saunders, coach in the Toshack regime, has also been touted to step up but his unconvincing start to his managerial career at non-league Wrexham would not have helped his cause.

Wales must appoint a boss, whether on a permanent or caretaker basis, for Wales' qualifying double-header with Bulgaria on 8 October and Switzerland on 12 October.

Toshack departed as Wales manager following their 1-0 opening Euro 2012 qualifying defeat in Montenegro last Friday - but the Football Association of Wales insists it will not rush any decision on a successor.

"We will not be rushing our decision" said FAW president Phil Prichard. "The speed of the appointment is not the be all and end all - we must do things right."

I was prepared to stay on as Wales boss - John Toshack

Most of the early favourites to be new Wales boss are Welsh but Pritchard insists: "We are looking for the best man for the job - irrespective of where they come from."

Hartson, who scored 14 goals in 51 Wales caps between 1995 and 2005, has formally applied for the Wales job.

And the 35-year-old hopes he can emulate former manager Mark Hughes, now in charge at Fulham, and start his managerial career on the international stage

"I've gone for the job, I've sent an email," revealed Hartson. "I've applied for it through the correct channels and I hope I get a chance."

The former Arsenal and Celtic striker, who recently battled cancer, has no managerial experience but Hartson has completed the relevant Uefa Pro Licence qualification.

"I'm very much hopeful I get in front of the FAW and I can get an opportunity to speak to them," Hartson told BBC Sport.

"I played at the highest level all of my life and excelled as a player for Wales and I hope to do the same in management.

"I've done all my coaching badges and at some stage I'd love to go into management and if it was to come from my beloved Wales, then great."

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