With the surprising news that Steve Bruce has decided to leave his position as manager of Hull City just three weeks before the start of the new campaign, many names have been linked with the task of keeping the newly-promoted side in the Premier League.
David Moyes has already been appointed as manager of Sunderland thus ruling him out. His ex-player at Manchester United, Ryan Giggs, is one of the favourites for the job alongside Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane, out of work managers Neil Warnock and Steve McClaren as well as MK Dons boss Karl Robinson and current Hull City caretaker manager Mike Phelan.
While Hull City already have Phelan at the club, a long time trusted assistant and friend of Sir Alex Ferguson during their time together at Old Trafford, it would make good sense to keep the experienced assistant at the club while bringing in a manager to work alongside him.
Giggs fits the bill. Having left Manchester United to seek a managerial role in his own right, who better to work alongside than a coach he had most of his success under at Manchester United. They both know each other’s strengths and weaknesses.
Phelan may have managerial aspirations of his own but the past has shown not all assistants turn out to be great managers, Jose Mourinho being a most notable exception.
If Giggs wants to forge a career in the game as a manager he needs an experienced coach beside him. Roy Keane tried on his own and in fairness to the Irishman he had success with Sunderland, but in football as in life when things are going well it is almost easy. It’s the hard times, the tough spells that Giggs more than likely will face, when you need an experienced head to turn to and take advice from – someone who has experienced such difficulties before.
Roy Keane is arguably enjoying the best moment of his post-playing career working alongside Martin O’Neill with the Republic of Ireland. While the roles may be reversed, Giggs too would learn from Phelan, with the 53-year-old passing on the vast knowledge he would have picked up in his time as assistant to Ferguson.
Football is perhaps the most unstable business in which to work. Only this time last last week Bruce was manager of Hull City, just promoted back to the Premier League and was interviewed for the position of manager of England with the possibility of guiding his country to a World Cup. Seven days on he is off to the job centre.
If, as it is believed, Giggs wants to manage Manchester United one day then he must climb up the managerial ladder and use his contacts within the game to make that happen. Ferguson will always be on the other end of the phone, but Hull City should show ambition and appoint Giggs when they already have the perfect man to work alongside him in their dugout.
Young managers deserve their chance to show what they can do.
Bruce has left Hull City in the lurch by leaving just three weeks before the start of the new season and just over a month before the transfer window shuts. While blame can be appointed to both sides the club must now act fast to save their season before it has even begun.
Giggs deserves his chance to show what he can do, even Ferguson had to start somewhere.