Malcolm Allen wants Ryan Giggs as next Wales manager

Ryan Giggs
Giggs made his final appearance for Wales against the Czech Republic in 2007

Former Wales striker Malcolm Allen believes Ryan Giggs should follow Gary Speed as national team manager.

Manchester United winger Giggs was linked to the job when John Toshack resigned in September 2010.

But Allen says the time is now right for Giggs to lead Wales following the death of Speed.

"There's only one man in my opinion that comes at the top of that tree and take us forward and that's Ryan Giggs," he said.

The Football Association of Wales has confirmed a decision over Speed's replacement will not be made until the new year.

And former Newcastle United player Allen believes the FAW should approach former captain Giggs.

"I do hope he takes this offer up this time. He's coming to an age now, he's 38 [and] he's coming to the end of his career," added Allen.

"He's won everything in the game. Now let him take forward [the] good work Gary Speed started.

"He's made his opinions very clear that he wants to become a manager at one stage.

"There's no better place to start I don't think at this present time [than] with the Welsh team that we've got."

Speed was appointed Wales manager in December 2010 when Toshack's six-year tenure came to an end.

Giggs had been touted as a successor to Toshack, but was ruled out at the time by his Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

But Allen believes the 64-times capped Giggs is the ideal man to carry on the progress made by Wales under Speed.

"He'll gain the utmost respect from the players straightaway," said the former Watford and Norwich City player.

"He's a very quietly spoken man, a little bit similar to Gary. There's a lot of similarities but it would be unfair to compare because of how well Gary had been doing.

"But Ryan's the man to take us forward, that's my belief.

"Gary was second to none and left no stone unturned and Ryan Giggs, being at Manchester United, he's learnt from the best."

Speed's assistant, Raymond Verheijen believes the FAW should give the late manager's backroom team the opportunity to continue his work.

"Hopefully the board will respect Gary's wish so [fellow assistant] Osian Roberts and I can lead the team to Brazil," Verheijen wrote on Twitter.

"There is no need for a new manager with new ideas. Our success was based on Gary's clear structure. Everybody knows what to do for mission Brazil 2014."

The FAW hope to have a management team in place for a friendly international on 29 February 2012, which has yet to be arranged.

The game will be the start of Wales' preparations for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, which begin at home against Belgium next September.

Allen has praised the FAW following Speed's death in November, but says the appointment of a successor will be crucial.

"I've got to say well done with the Football Association of Wales with the way they've dealt with this," he said.

"They've done it so professionally. It's been a sad, sad time for all of us.

"Out of the momentum we were gaining, one big part of the jigsaw is now gone now so we have to replace that.

"I do believe [in] early January they've got to make a decision on who they are going to bring in.

"We've got to move on and take forward what Gary started.

"I'm sure it will hit the squad hard because of what he [Speed] built.

"That's why I believe it's so important to get the right profile of manager in."