Me boss the Reds? Never

Giggs ad­mits he grew up hat­ing Liver­pool

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International - LON­DON/

Ryan Giggs has cat­e­gor­i­cally ruled out ever be­com­ing man­ager at An­field ad­mit­ting that as a kid in Sal­ford “you were lit­er­ally grow­ing up en­cour­aged to dis­like peo­ple from Liver­pool”.

The Manch­ester United leg­end laughed as he spoke about the pos­si­bil­ity of tak­ing the reins down the M62, say­ing his friends would desert him were the un­likely ap­point­ment made.

The 42-year-old was talk­ing in Cardiff at a Q+A after the Welsh Com­mu­nity Foot­ball Awards pre­sented by McDon­ald’s when the prospect was raised in jest.

“No. Just a no,” Giggs replied. “That’s no dis­re­spect to Liver­pool, I just wouldn’t. I would no longer have friends!

“Liver­pool is a team who for me was al­ways our big­gest ri­vals, be­cause grow­ing up they were win­ning ev­ery­thing and they were the team to em­u­late. They are a fan­tas­tic club but the ri­valry is too big for me to man­age Liver­pool.

“I moved from Cardiff to Sal­ford when I was seven. You were lit­er­ally grow­ing up en­cour­aged to dis­like peo­ple from Liver­pool.

“I played for Sal­ford un­der- 11s and you would play Sefton, Liver­pool boys, Boo­tle boys and the ri­valry was so great. You grow up with it.

“I’m sure Steven Ger­rard would say the same about man­ag­ing Manch­ester United. He would sim­ply say no.

“I was al­ways a United fan, my grand­mother ham­mered it home. ‘You are a United fan’. She loved the Busby Babes, she loved Ge­orge Best, she was the driv­ing force be­hind me be­ing a Man United supporter.”

The awards Giggs at­tended pro­mote grass roots foot­ball and cel­e­brate lo­cal he­roes.

He added: “The rea­son I’m so proud to be part of McDon­ald’s and have af­fil­i­a­tion with grass­roots foot­ball is be­cause I was ac­tu­ally spot­ted in the com­mu­nity.

“I played for Deans and the man­ager was a guy called Den­nis Schofield, a great bloke, a real foot­ball man. Den­nis was a milk­man, but how he ever got his round done is a mys­tery. He couldn’t pass any sort of game with­out stop­ping to watch.”

Mean­while Giggs has re­vealed he would love to one day man­age Wales, de­scrib­ing the job as a high­light of his ca­ree. “I moved from Cardiff to Sal­ford when I was seven. You were lit­er­ally grow­ing up en­cour­aged to dis­like peo­ple from Liver­pool”. -Ryan Giggs

MEITE, WHO, HAS EN­JOYED AN IM­PRES­SIVE START WITH 10 GOALS IN 14 TIES FOR THE RY­MAN LEAGUE CLUB

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