Ryan Giggs has turned down Jose Mourinho’s offer of a reduced coaching role at Manchester United, reports the Daily Mail.
The Welshman has been at the club for 29 years, having signed on as a schoolboy, but that association is about to come to an end.
And while Giggs is part of the furniture at Old Trafford, he is definitely making the right decision if he wants his career to progress.
Mourinho did not want Giggs in his original position of assistant manager, quite possibly because he has too much power.
The 42-year-old was one of the favourites for the job himself until Mourinho was handed the reins, and it is believed that he was overlooked for the second time in a row because he lacks experience.
That experience is never going to come unless he breaks away from United.
Gary Neville is a useful comparison, as having ventured out to Valencia for his first stint in management, when that spell ended in failure, he immediately reverted to being an assistant again with England.
Neville ultimately did not have enough control with the national side, but was still tarred with the same brush as Roy Hodgson when the project came crashing down.
Giggs now needs to step up and take responsibility for a role on his own.
A number of Championship clubs have been linked with him, and it will only take a few years of management elsewhere for him to prove to United that he has what it takes to be worthy of a return.