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Fergie refuses to let Giggs be Wales boss
Sir Alex Ferguson has rejected an approach from Welsh FA bosses to install Ryan Giggs as national manager. The FA of Wales targeted the Manchester United legend as successor to the late Gary Speed. But an enquiry was knocked back by Ferguson, even after FAW chiefs made it clear they were willing to offer Giggs a part-time role. The United chief wants the 38-year-old to concentrate solely on his playing career - and recently revealed Giggs will be offered a new contract at Old Trafford. A Wales insider said: “He [Giggs] was always seen as the natural successor to Gary, but Sir Alex immediately told us there is no chance. It’s disappointing as many saw Ryan as the man to continue the foundations laid by Gary. But even a part-time role, which was also mentioned, was also immediately rejected.”
The Daily Mail say United are considering a move for Olympiakos right back Vasilis Torosidis. The Greece defender, 26, has apparently been on United’s radar for 18 months.
The Daily Express claims Liverpool and United will be offered a timely reminder by the FA of their responsibilities ahead of the FA Cup tie at Anfield. The move will be one of a number of measures to be implemented in an attempt to defuse tensions between the rivals and their supporters.
And finally, the Telegraph report that United legend Eric Cantona is plotting a stunning bid to become the president of France.