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“Gigg will tear them apart, again…” says Margy

Submitted by on July 13, 2012 – 5:49 pmNo Comment

FC United manager Karl Marginson is chuffed to have Rhodri Giggs back at the club as the reds prepare to start their pre-season preparation in readiness for another crack at promotion to Conference North.

Giggs, brother of Manchester United’s Ryan, left a few years ago and ended up as manager at Salford City, before deciding to concentrate on playing when the chance came to rejoin FC.

The manager reckons Giggs will fit into the new pattern of play he is planning for next season, as United hope to go one better than they have during the last two campaigns, by getting out of the Northern Premier League.

Giggs will join another returnee, Jerome Wright from Chester, alongside many familiar faces as FC take on Rhyl on Saturday (July 14).

Margy said: “It is great having Rhodri Giggs and Jerome Wright back at the club. Rhodri has added experience now after his stint in management, which will see him looking at the game in a whole different way and also in how he approaches things.

“I am quite excited by the extra possibilities he brings to the squad. As we know he is a very effective wide player, but he can also play down the middle. As well as his pace and delivery he is also very underrated in the air. For a lad who isn’t particularly tall, he is very good with his head, which will allow us to adapt to matches a lot more.

“We learned at places like Rushall last season that we can’t always play in the style we wish, so having Rhodri available will give us a few options to change.

“He is part of the thinking we have developed for next season. The key word for us is ‘flexibility’. In a similar vein to the way Spain played in the Euros by switching players from wide to down the middle and interchanging positions, we hope to be able to do that with the players we now have at our disposal.

“It was a thought we first had after we were beaten by Brighton in the FA Cup and received a lesson in how to play that kind of interchanging and flexible style they showed at Gigg Lane. Only now are we in a position to seriously start putting that into practice.

“It is obviously a completely different level and will difficult to emulate that when you are part time and can only work with the players once or twice a week, but we are confident we can implement some really exciting methods for the coming season.

“With Jerome we also have another player who can be devastatingly good in wide areas, but can also come inside and cause a host of problems for the opposition.

“It was a no-brainer bringing him back, in my opinion. He adds that cutting edge we sometimes missed last year. Also, he has the flexibility to fit in with what we are planning for this coming season. With the quality of Stephen Johnson, Carlos Rocca and Matty Wolfenden also in and around the wide positions, while having the ability to come inside and swap, if needed, I think we will have an exciting formation on our hands, whoever we pick.”

United will face some stern opposition in pre-season, including games against Altrincham, Exeter and Blackburn Rovers reserves.

Karl added: “We have deliberately selected some really tough and high quality opposition for the pre-season friendlies. The likes of Rhyl this week, Exeter, Macclesfield, Blackburn reserves and Altrincham will be huge tests for our players and it is our deliberate aim to bring their level of play up ready for the start of the season.

“We are trying to learn from past years when we have perhaps made slow starts and had disrupted pre-season build-ups, which put us in a position of playing catch up for the rest of the campaign.”

For pre-season details visit fc-utd.co.uk

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