Ryan Giggs ready to cut Old Trafford ties afterLouis van Gaal is sacked as Manchester United manager

Ryan Giggs was giving serious consideration to ending his 28 year association with Manchester United on Monday night after being overlooked for the manager's job in the wake of the sacking of Louis van Gaal, who expressed acute disappointment at his dismissal, writes James Ducker.

Jose Mourinho will be appointed as Van Gaal's successor on a three year deal worth about 36million possibly as early as Tuesday but Giggs was agonising over whether to accept a role on the former Chelsea manager's coaching staff as he came to terms with the disappointment of being denied his dream job for a second time.

Van Gaal, who earned a 400,000 bonus for winning the FA Cup on Saturday, has been given a 5million pay off by United. Ed Woodward, United's executive vice chairman, went to see the Dutchman at his home in the affluent Cheshire suburb of Bowdon on Sunday night to deliver the news so Van Gaal was fully briefed by the time he arrived at the club's Carrington training ground shortly before 8.45am on Monday.

United did not release a statement confirming Van Gaal's departure until 8.31pm on Monday night but that was at the request of the outgoing manager, who wanted to board a flight to Portugal with his wife, Truus, ahead of a retreat to his holiday home in Vale do Lobo on the Algarve before a formal announcement was made.

It was also Van Gaal's decision to release a dignified personal statement in which he professed to being "very disappointed to be unable to complete our intended three year plan" but thanked the club's board, staff, players and fans for their support.

"Never in my 25 years as a manager have I been so well supported in my role," he said.

Attention now turns to whether Giggs will also leave the club with the intention of cutting his managerial teeth elsewhere or opts instead to serve as an assistant to a third United manager in Mourinho following two testing experiences under David Moyes and Van Gaal. With Mourinho expected to bring trusted lieutenants Rui Faria and Silvino Louro with him in addition to another assistant, Giggs runs the risk of having little more than a ceremonial role under the Portuguese.

The prospect of Giggs leaving the club he joined on his 14th birthday, going on to become its record appearance maker and the most decorated footballer in British history, would signal another significant severing of ties from the Sir Alex Ferguson regime. The squad Ferguson left behind when he retired three years ago has undergone a dramatic overhaul and there is expected to be more upheaval this summer as Mourinho plots a 200million spending spree.

Giggs had previously indicated in private that he would walk away if he was not offered the manager's job and sources close to the 42 year old admitted on Monday that he was in the midst of a serious dilemma but unsure of which way he would swing when push comes to shove.

Giggs visited George's restaurant and bar in Worsley, which he owns, close to his home on Monday as he pondered his next move. He is thought to be bitterly disappointed not to be given the opportunity to succeed Van Gaal, despite the speculation for months that Mourinho would succeed the Dutchman, but also recognises that if he chooses to leave the club and struggles as a manager elsewhere that it could damage or kill his prospects of one day taking charge at Old Trafford.

Giggs saw Gary Neville, his close friend and former United team mate, try his hand at management at Valencia recently and fail, and has also observed the current struggles of Patrick Vieira at New York City FC, sister club of Manchester City. Giggs has been encouraged to try his hand at management at another club first by Peter Schmeichel.

"I think it's very important that Mourinho has an assistant who knows club and knows what is expected and understands the culture," the former United goalkeeper said. "It could be Giggs but on the other hand I think a lot of people would like to see him become the manager one day and I think for that to happen it would be so good for him to have had a job somewhere else, where he has to stand on his own two feet, learn the trade and if he is successful he can come back and manage United."

Mourinho who was photographed outside his west London home on Monday in the company of Faria hopes to have his appointment finalised on Tuesday, although there is a chance the situation could drag into Wednesday. Jorge Mendes, his agent, was flying back from China on Monday. United said in a statement of their own on Monday night that "a decision on a successor as manager will be announced soon," and praised Van Gaal for leaving the club van cleef bracelets copy "with a legacy of having given several young players the confidence to show their ability on the highest stage."

Van Gaal said his goodbyes to staff at Carrington on Monday while employment lawyer Paul Gilroy QC, who had initially been denied entry to the training ground, finalised his severance package. Van Gaal's assistants Albert Stuivenberg and Frans Hoek as well as performance analyst Max Reckers have also left the club. There was no confirmation from the club on Monday nightover whether assistant coach Marcel Bout and training physiologist Jos van Dijk had also gone, although both are expected to leave.

It has been an honour to manage such a magnificent club as Manchester United FC, and in doing so, I have fulfilled a long held ambition.

I am immensely proud to have helped United win the FA Cup for the 12th time in the club's history. I have been privileged during my management career to have won 20 trophies but winning the FA Cup, which is steeped in so much history, will always be one of the most special achievements of my career.

I am very disappointed to be unable to complete our intended three year plan. I believe that the foundations are firmly in place to enable the club to move forward and achieve even greater success.

I hope that winning the FA Cup will give the club a platform to build upon next season to restore the success that this passionate set of fans desire.

Having managed in Holland, Spain and Germany, I had always hoped for the opportunity to manage in English football and be part of English culture. Both of these experiences have lived up to expectations and been fantastic.

I thank my players and wish them well for next season. It has been a pleasure to work with them and it has been van cleef alhambra bracelet copy particularly rewarding to see so many young players take their chance to break into the first team and excel. I look forward to watching the continued development of these young players next season.

Thank you to the owners and board of Manchester United for giving me the opportunity to manage this great club.

I would also like to express my gratitude to the amazing United supporters. They are truly the best fans in the world.

I am indebted to my support and coaching staff, who have given me their all during their time at the club.

I am deeply grateful to each and every member of the club's staff the sports science team, the medical team, the kit and laundry department, club administration, the press office, the manager's team, the Academy team, ground staff and the catering team, both at Old Trafford stadium and Carrington training ground, all of whom have given me their unwavering support in my time at United. Never in my 25 years as a manager have I been so well supported in my role.

Finally, my special thanks go to Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton for always making me and my family feel so welcome throughout my time as Manchester United manager.

Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said: "I would like to thank Louis and his staff for their excellent work in the past two years culminating in winning a record equalling 12th FA Cup for the club (and securing him a title in four different countries). He has behaved with great professionalism and dignity throughout his time here. He leaves us with a legacy of having given several young players the confidence to show their ability on the highest stage. Everyone at the club wishes him all the best in the future."

A decision on a successor as manager will be announced soon

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