Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ryan Right to Leave - Fergie ; Fergie Backs Jose's Call Not to Make Giggs His Assistant

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ryan Right to Leave - Fergie ; Fergie Backs Jose's Call Not to Make Giggs His Assistant

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SIR Alex Ferguson has defended United manager Jose Mourinho 's decision not to retain Ryan Giggs as his assistant manager.

Giggs' 29-year association with United officially ended on Saturday, 40 days after he discovered he would not be retained as a member of Mourinho's coaching staff.

The 42-year-old Welshman was offered a 'downgraded' role by United after Mourinho insisted on bringing his trusted lieutenant Rui Faria with him.

Ferguson, who appointed six assistants during his 26-and-ahalf year reign as United manager, believes Mourinho was justified in his decision.

"You have got to have, in your assistant, someone you have trusted all your life," Ferguson told the BBC . "When I came to United, I brought Archie Knox because he was a valuable person for me. …

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