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Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs says that he would be open to managing Wales in the future, but maintained it would be difficult to do now as he still has commitments in club football.

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Giggs, who has already taken UEFA coaching badges, is the favourite to take over from current incumbent John Toshack, who is expected to step down after six years in charge. Toshack will remain in the job until a successor can be located and the Football Association of Wales is keen to approach the 36-year-old about the position.

However, while Giggs' playing career is drawing to a close, he is still a vital player for United and admits it would be hard to take up the position at the current time.

"If you go into management, the big job is to be in charge of your country. And I'm no different in terms of thinking like that,'' he told the Daily Telegraph. ''At the moment it is difficult, because I still have commitments as a player.

"But I always use the Sparky (Mark Hughes) situation. One minute he is playing for Wales and in the Premier League with Blackburn, then the next thing you know, he is managing his country. Sparky never really planned for that."

Eric Harrison, who was responsible for helping Giggs and the 'Class of 92' through at Old Trafford, claims that Giggs would have to give up his playing career before he could consider taking the job.

"It is not a cushy little number and it is not a part-time post,'' he told the Manchester Evening News. ''You are at the sharp end of things and these days I don't believe you could combine playing for a club at United's level and managing an international team. "When I was with Mark (Hughes) we'd be jetting off all over the place watching future opponents. Then you would be going up and down the country checking on your players.

"You couldn't be playing for United at the weekend and be wondering and worrying about how the Welsh players are doing. If the vacancy does come up and Ryan is approached then he has a massive decision to make."


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