Ryan Giggs: Swansea ambitions did not match mine

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs confirmed he met Swansea City officials to discuss the possibility of him taking the manager’s job, but said the move did not happen because “their ambitions didn’t really match mine”.

Giggs, 42, previously left United in July following the arrival of Jose Mourinho, ending a 29-year association with the club. He spoke during a punditry stint for England’s game against Malta, implying that he had his own reservations about the role, and complained of “mixed messages” from the club.

“I met with them a couple of times but in the end there was just mixed messages from the football side and the ownership side of the club,” Giggs told match presenter Mark Pougatch.

“I just felt their ambitions did not really match mine, so it didn’t quite work out.”

He added that he plans to work in broadcasting over the next few months.

Meanwhile, Swansea appointed Bob Bradley to replace Francesco Guidolin, who was sacked following a poor start to the season.

It has been reported that Giggs was also interviewed but was not offered the job, with his lack of experience among the club hierarchy’s concerns.

The Daily Mail also alleged Giggs had already planned a backroom team, which includes his former Manchester United team-mate Nicky Butt, but was overlooked after an “underwhelming” interview.

In the meantime, Bradley, who has described his appointment as a “special” opportunity for US football, begins his role as Swansea manager with a trip to Arsenal on Saturday.

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