Monday, 5th May, 2014

Former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson believes that Louis van Gaal, if he becomes the next manager at Old Trafford, should keep Ryan Giggs on his coaching staff.

Giggs took over from David Moyes as the interim manager of Manchester United after the Scot was sacked by the board last month for the team’s poor performances this season.

Van Gaal has been widely tipped to be the next manager of Manchester United and the Dutchman will bring his own set of trusted lieutenants to the club.

Robson believes that Giggs and the rest of the Class of 92 – Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Phil Neville – should be accommodated in the next manager’s coaching staff.


"I think it would be very disappointing for those lads not to be kept on, in whatever role, as they are part of Manchester United", Robson told MUTV.

"The fans would be very disappointed if they don't have a future in the club.”

The 57-year-old admits that a new manager should be allowed to have his own coaching staff, but he also said that the club should not discard the wisdom of the players who brought immense success to Old Trafford in the last two decades.

"I have read that Van Gaal wants to bring in a goalkeeper coach, a fitness coach, and [Patrick] Kluivert as his assistant.

"If you are talking about bringing all these people in you have to make sure that you are making the right decision and you are not allowing them too much rope.”

Robson, also known as ‘Captain Marvel’ among the Manchester United faithful, has urged the board to negotiate with the next manager to allow the current coaching staff to continue at the club.

"It is up to the board to step in and say 'you can have leeway with this, but there are definitely restrictions on this part of the club'.

"That has to come from the club rather than the new coach. Sometimes I think when you go into a new club, why not give the staff a chance?"

Robson joined Manchester United from West Brom in 1981 and made 461 appearances for the club. He won two league titles and three FA Cups in his time with the Red Devils.

The £1.5m that Ron Atkinson paid West Brom for Robson was the then-British record transfer fee.

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