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No-one has been in touch about job - Giggs.

RYAN Giggs insists he has had no contact from Middlesbrough or Sunderland about a possible move to the North-east.

The former Manchester United winger was the early bookies' favourite to take charge at the Riverside next season amid claims he is actively searching for his first managerial job as a No 1. And Giggs, who spent time as Man Utd assistant manager under Louis Van Gaal, was this week heavily tipped to replace David Moyes at the Stadium of Light.

But speaking to Sky Sports News for the first time since the speculation, Giggs claims neither North-east club has been in touch - and says he's in no rush to make any decision over his longterm future.

"I'm not too aware of (the Boro and Sunderland links). Unless anyone has approached me, then it's not true," Giggs said.

"As a player and a person who has been in football for so long, that's all they are, rumours. If I did speak to someone, I would keep it between myself and the club."

Giggs also served as caretaker manager at Old Trafford following Moyes' ill-fated spell in Manchester, but the 43-year-old - who often works as a TV pundit - says he is currently enjoying life out of the spotlight.

"I have 25 years or so as a player then towards the end as a coach and I've had a year off," he said.

"For the first time in 25 years, where I've had a year off, got the chance to do different things and I've enjoyed it.

"But I've always said I want to eventually become a manager or coach but I am in no rush. It is all about picking the right team and the right club."

Garry Monk is currently the favourite to take charge of Boro in the upcoming campaign, just ahead of former club captain Nigel Pearson.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 3, 2017
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