If you’ve seen the news over the last few days, you’ll know that Bob Bradley has taken over at relegation-threatened Swansea City.
The American has been in management for 35 years, including a five-year spell in charge of the United States national side. He’s well respected, and has a great deal of experience managing in multiple countries. He seems a good shout for the job.
You may also know that Ryan Giggs went for the job, but didn’t get it. And the reason for that depends on who you talk to.
Giggs was a pundit on British channel ITV on Saturday, and he indicated that he’d turned the job down, whereas other reports have suggested that he was not selected for the position as a result of an “underwhelming interview”.
— Sky Football ⚽️ (@SkyFootball) October 9, 2016
I know which version of events I’m inclined to believe, and it almost doesn’t really matter.
What matters is the sense of entitlement that has clearly been on display from certain British coaches over the last few years.
The reaction to Giggs not getting the Swansea job has been fairly over the top, particularly from ex-pro Robbie Savage.
“What kind of message does that send young British managers trying to make their way in the game?” Savage said of the decision to give Bradley the job rather than Giggs.
It’s this attitude that really riles me.
Seemingly, according to Savage, British managers should be given the top jobs, regardless of experience, because otherwise it sends the wrong ‘message’.
Which is poppycock.
The only message this sends to Giggs (and other young British managers) is that you don’t get jobs you’re not qualified for.
Let’s examine Giggs’ CV. He’s been a manager for all of four games, and the expensively assembled Manchester United team he was in charge of for those four games did not perform particularly well.
He’s also been the assistant manager during two of the most underwhelming Manchester United reigns in recent history, and has somehow escaped without being tarred by the Louis van Gaal or David Moyes brush.
— Man United News (@ManUtdMEN) October 9, 2016
The fact of the matter is that nothing Giggs has done in his career so far suggests that he is good enough for the mammoth task of saving Swansea from relegation.
He was a great player, but he is not a great manager. Not yet, at any rate. This is not to say that he won’t be, just that he doesn’t have the requisite experience required to land a top job.
Yet he – and pundits like Savage – seem to think they have this right to the top jobs.
In no other industry would someone so under-qualified even be considered for this sort of position, and in my view Giggs should count himself lucky that he was.
He certainly shouldn’t be mouthing off and claiming that Swansea didn’t match his ‘ambition’.
Giggs showed a lack of class on Saturday. He did not deserve the job, and consequently he didn’t get it. He should wish Bob Bradley luck and knuckle down.
— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) October 7, 2016
What I find amazing is that managers like Giggs never seem to contemplate managing in the lower leagues to gain some experience. They only seem content to take the top jobs, almost as if they deserve them just because they were good players.
To be frank, it stinks, and until this sort of attitude dies out, I’ll be delighted to see managers like Giggs continue to be passed over in favour of managers who actually have put in the hard yards.