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Published: 12:10 | 9/10/16

Giggs confirms Swansea talks


Ryan Giggs has revealed that he met with Swansea's owners on a couple of occasions but he didn't replace Francesco Guidolin as their manager because their 'ambitions didn't match his'.

The Daily Mail had reported that the Manchester United legend was not offered the job after having an "underwhelming" interview with the Swans' board and American Bob Bradley was appointed instead.

However, speaking as a pundit on ITV on Saturday night, the Welshman put a different spin on events.

“There I was enjoying my year out, having done a bit of travelling and a bit of broadcasting, and I got the call from Swansea," he said.

“So I met with them a couple of times. But in the end, there were just mixed messages, really, from the football side and the ownership side of the club, and I just felt that their ambitions didn’t really match mine. So it didn’t quite work out."

Giggs also admitted he found managing Utd "difficult" after leading the side for four matches at the end of the 2013/14 season after David Moyes had been sacked.

“It was difficult for me because I was still a player then, so I was having to drop teammates… or not pick teammates," he said.

“Gareth’s [Southgate] had the experience with the U21s, so he’s already been a manager of a country.

“He’s not going from club to country; I think he’s had a good transition – I think he’s ready."

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