Ryan Giggs has finally ended his 29-year stay at Manchester United by agreeing a settlement with the Old Trafford club. United are expected to release an official statement to this effect in the coming days.
The Welsh legend has served United for 29 years, latterly as part of David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal’s coaching team.
Giggs had a year remaining on his contract as assistant manager but with the position offered to Mourinho’s long-term confidante Rui Faria, Giggs opted to continue his coaching career elsewhere rather than accept another role.
He felt he was ready to manage United, having served his apprenticeship under David Moyes and then Louis van Gaal.
He became a player-coach following the arrival of Moyes as manager in 2013, taking control of the first team for the final four games of the season after the Scot’s dismissal. He was then appointed as assistant-manager by Van Gaal in 2014.
Last season it was believed Swansea were keen to talk to him following the dismissal of Garry Monk, but Giggs was biding his time, waiting to learn of Van Gaal’s fate.
Giggs, who is now seeking employment for the first time in his professional life, has completed his UEFA pro-licence coaching qualification and is sure to be headhunted by several chairman over the coming weeks and months.
Giggs joined the United academy on his 14th birthday, turning professional aged 17 in November 1990 and making his first-team debut against Everton on 2 March, 1991 and has so far made a record 963 appearances for United.
His record of 13 league titles is unlikely to be beaten, and he also has two European Cups, four FA Cups and four League Cups to his roll of honour.
He was also the first man to win back-to-back PFA Young Player of the Year awards (1992 and 1993), and was also named PFA Player of the Year and BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2009.