Giggs "keen on Southampton job"

Ryan Giggs is eager to kickstart his managerial career at Southampton as they begin the search to replace Claude Puel.

Sportsmail understands the Manchester United legend would relish the chance to take his first steps into full-time management on the south coast, given the club's strong infrastructure.

Giggs, 43, has been linked with jobs, most notably at Swansea, since leaving Old Trafford last year. He won two and drew one of four Premier League games when he was in temporary charge of United after David Moyes's dismissal in April 2014.

Former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel was initial favourite to succeed Puel but he wants to wait for a Champions League club. Frank de Boer and former Alaves boss Mauricio Pellegrino are also on the shortlist.

Puel was officially sacked on Wednesday following prolonged speculation but it is understood that there was a feeling within the club that he had been told last week his spell at St Mary's was over after one season.

Puel was frustrated that he did not get an opportunity to build on an eighth-place finish and reaching the EFL Cup final.