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Giggs could quit to become a manager
Ryan Giggs claims he may retire at the end of this season and become Sir Alex Ferguson's next managerial protege. The Welshman is in the final year of his deal at Manchester United and does not want to stay if he will only be a bit-part player. Giggs is not prepared to move to another club to prolong his playing career and has decided to quit when he loses his first-team place. "I'm relaxed about my future," said the 34-year-old. "I've this year left on my contract. I'm feeling good at the moment and as long as I feel healthy, I'm getting picked and I still enjoy it, then I'll carry on. If any of those things change, I'll have to consider when I retire and it will be sooner rather than later. Coaching would then be an option and it is a natural progression for a lot of footballers."
David Anderson, Daily Mirror
The Daily Mail speculates that rookie goalkeeper Ben Amos could be thrust into Premier League action against Bolton on Saturday because of injury concerns over Edwin van der Sar (knee) and Tomasz Kuszczak (thigh). Ben Foster is definitely out with an ankle problem.
Trotters boss Gary Megson has warned Sir Alex Ferguson not to bother trying to wind up striker Kevin Davies. Sir Alex was unhappy with Davies' physical approach last season, but Megson said: “He isn’t malicious, he just competes. I don’t think it makes any difference what Ferguson says.”
Sir Alex leads the tributes to former Notts County manager Jimmy Sirrel following his death on Thursday at the age of 86.
Finally, former Red Mickey Thomas blamed rival Scousers for nicking his car at the recent United v Liverpool game at Anfield — but he simply forgot where he parked it!