FORMER Manchester United assistant Rene Meulensteen has claimed Ryan Giggs would be a “good fit” for the head coach role at Middlesbrough.

Giggs is the bookmakers’ favourite to succeed Steve Agnew, with Steve Gibson expected to announce a change of direction after Sunday’s game with Liverpool.

The former Manchester United midfielder is keen to take his first steps in management, having worked under Louis van Gaal in a coaching capacity at Old Trafford.

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Giggs was turned down for the Swansea City manager’s job earlier this season, but is believed to be one of the candidates currently under consideration at Boro.

His lack of experience could count against him, but Gibson appointed both Aitor Karanka and Gareth Southgate to their first managerial roles, and Meulensteen is adamant Giggs would be a wise choice as Boro look to rebuild in the Championship.

“I’m sure he would be very keen because he’s ready and he wants to be a manger,” said Meulensteen, who was Sir Alex Ferguson’s number two at Manchester United. “People always talk about experience, experience, experience, but look around, there are many managers who have plenty of experience and don’t pull it off.

“That’s why I’m so chuffed for Paul (Clement) at Swansea. Next year he can build his own tea, and go from there.

“With Ryan, with his vast experience and all that, I think he could do a fantastic job (at Middlesbrough). It sounds like a good fit.”

While Gibson is also understood to be considering the likes of Nigel Pearson, Alan Pardew, David Wagner and Garry Monk, Giggs would bring some star appeal to the Riverside hot seat.

His extensive playing experience should stand him in good stead, but Gibson could opt to pair him with a more experienced director of football following the departure of technical director Victor Orta.

“He’s still looking for his first opportunity,” added Meulensteen, in an interview with BBC Five Live. “In many ways, I’m still a little disappointed he never got the chance at Manchester United.

“It might sound strange because I keep saying that, and I actually discussed this with Ryan, but that would be the best club for him to be manager because he knows the club, he knows the identity and he knows the Premier League.

“Yes, a lot of other things come your way, but don’t worry about Ryan, he can handle the media and he’s got a fantastic football brain.”