Premier League - Papers: Giggs eyes hot seat

Mon, 04 Oct 08:52:00 2010

Manchester United legend Ry an Giggs has admitted that he would love to become the manager of the Red Devils.

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The 36-year-old, who has spent his entire career at Old Trafford, admitted in The Sun that his career is "coming to an end pretty soon " and that his thoughts have now turned to management since he doesn't fancy dropping down to the lower leagues to carry on playing.

But he knows it won't be an easy road to taking over Fergie's seat in the dug-out.

" I shouldn't think I'd be able to take over straight away," said the Welshman, who also said he would love to manage his country one day. "I would have to go elsewhere and be very successful - and then come back."

Given Liverpool's defeat by Blackpool this weekend, it's no surprise to see that the manager's job at Anfield is also a subject for discussion in this morning's papers.

The Daily Mirror leads its back page with a simple headline: "We want Kenny", referring to the Kop chants of "Dalglish" that rang out around the stadium on Sunday afternoon.

And manager Roy Hodgson admitted to the press that he can understand their feelings.

"Is it unfair the fans sang for Kenny Dalglish? What's fair and unfair?" he said.

"There is no fairness. The fans are frustrated at the moment - there are a lot of things happening, and it's understandable they are frustrated."

Also frustrated is Liverpool legend Alan Hansen - but the target of his ire is the players, not the manager.

"Roy Hodgson knows well enough that the buck will always stop with him, but the truth of Liverpool's defeat against Blackpool is that the 11 players who started the game should be embarrassed," Hansen writes in his Daily Telegraph column, before going on to dish out further blame to the club's owners and the dubious transfer dealings of the previous manager, with the transfer scouts coming in for particular criticism.

Fabio Capello is convinced that England can take a step forward between now and Euro 2012 - and claims that Manchester City's players will provide the backbone of the team to do so.

The Daily Mirror quotes the Italian saying that having a core of a national side built from team-mates who train and play together on a weekly basis will be the key - and the City quintet of Joe Hart, Joleon Lescott, Gareth Bary, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Adam Johnson can be those players for England.

“The national teams that won the titles, the World Cup the Euros, they had something like this," said Capello.

“Spain, for example, had players from three teams, seven from Barcelona, three from Real Madrid and one from Villareal.

“When Italy won the World Cup in 2006, they had a lot of players from Juventus.”

Wishful thinking? Who knows, but it you can't help feeling that stories like this show how far City have come in the last few years.


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