Sir Alex Ferguson’s former No2 Rene Meulensteen says the iconic ex-winger and Boro would be ‘a good fit’
RYAN GIGGS would be “very keen” to become Middlesbrough’s new manager, according to former Manchester United assistant manager Rene Meulensteen.
And the Dutch coach believes that the Welshman and Boro “sounds like a good fit”.
SunSport revealed a fortnight again that Red Devils legend Giggs was on chairman Steve Gibson’s shortlist to take over at the Riverside this summer.
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The odds on the 43-year-old becoming Boro’s new boss have plummeted in recent days.
And Sir Alex Ferguson’s ex-number two believes that the move would be an almost perfect fit.
Speaking to BBC Five Live, he said: “I’m sure he would be very keen because he’s ready and he wants to be a manager.
“People always talk about experience, experience, experience but look around, there are many managers who have plenty of experience and don’t pull it off.
“That’s why I’m so chuffed for Paul (Clement) at Swansea. Next year he can build his own team and go from there.
“With Ryan, with his vast experience and all that, I think he could do a fantastic job (at Boro). It sounds like a good fit.”
Giggs is searching for his first full-time managerial job since he left his position as No2 at Old Trafford last summer following the departure of Louis van Gaal.
His only previous experience in the hotseat came when he took charge of United after David Moyes’ sacking for four matches.
Meulensteen added: “He’s still looking for his first opportunity.
“In many ways I’m still a little disappointed he never got the chance at Manchester United.
“It might sound strange because I keep saying that and I actually discussed this with Ryan, but that would be the best club for him to be manager because he knows the club, he knows the identity and he knows the Premier League.
“Yes, a lot of other things come your way but don’t worry about Ryan, he can handle the media and he’s got a fantastic football brain.
Middlesbrough are searching for a full-time manager after the departure of Aitor Karanka in March.
Steve Agnew was placed in charge until the end of the season, but after guiding the club to just one win and being unable to beat the drop, Gibson is now unlikely to offer him the job on a permanent basis.