Teddy Sheringham tips Ryan Giggs to succeed Louis van Gaal

By Mark PoyserBBC Wales football reporter
Ryan Giggs and Louis van Gaal
Louis van Gaal has also predicted Ryan Giggs will succeed him at Old Trafford
Teddy Sheringham interview
Programme: Sport Wales Channel: BBC Two Wales Date: Friday, 14 August Start time: 19:00 BST
Also available: on iPlayer for seven days after transmission

Former England and Manchester United striker Teddy Sheringham says it "wouldn't surprise" him if Ryan Giggs was the next manager at Old Trafford.

The Welshman is Louis van Gaal's Red Devils assistant and was their interim manager for four games after David Moyes' sacking in April 2014.

Sheringham believes ex-team-mate Giggs could eventually take the top job.

"When you saw him in the hot seat the season before last, I think he looked quite comfortable," said Sheringham.

"He spoke more than I have ever heard him speak in the press conferences.

Ryan Giggs the "quiet man in the hot seat," says Teddy Sheringham

"He's a very quiet man, very personal. I was surprised [when he took the job] but I thought he looked at home.

"The experience he'll be getting under Van Gaal will hold him in good stead.

"It wouldn't surprise me if he was the next Manchester United manager."

Sheringham has just accepted his first managerial role, taking over Stevenage in League Two.

As well as playing 963 games for United, Giggs also won 64 Wales caps before retiring in May 2014.

But Sheringham does not think Cardiff-born Giggs will manage his country in the near future.

The late Gary Speed was 41 when he was appointed Wales boss in December, 2010 and Chris Coleman was the same age when he took over in January, 2012.

Sheringham believes that even though he is now 41, Giggs would not be looking to manage a national team yet.

"I think an international job is for an older man," Sheringham told the BBC's Sport Wales programme.

Teddy Sheringham and Ryan Giggs training together
Teddy Sheringham made 418 Premier League appearances, while Giggs is the record holder with 632

"It's not a day-to-day basis with international teams.

"I think you have to be really experienced, although Gary Speed did very well with Wales and Chris Coleman is doing well now.

"If I was looking at it from an outside point of view, I think once you've cut your teeth in the leagues with the Premier League then you go onto that job later in life.

"But you never know in football, things come up.

"It's like me taking this job [at Stevenage]. I came here and had a look at the set-up and it all felt right. That's why I'm here.

"It might be the same for Ryan."

Sheringham brings his Stevenage side to Wales on Saturday to take on Terry Butcher's Newport County at Rodney Parade, with both teams looking for their first league win of the season.

Sport Wales is on BBC Two Wales from 19:00 BST on Friday, 14 August and will be available on BBC iPlayer for seven days after transmission.