Ryan Giggs: Wales manager to stand down from role | Football News

Ryan Giggs will step down as Wales manager.

Giggs has been on furlough since November 2020 and faces a domestic violence trial in Manchester on August 8.

The 48-year-old former Manchester United star is accused of controlling and coercive behavior against his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville between August 2017 and November 2020.

Giggs is also accused of assaulting Grevill, causing real bodily harm to her, and the common assault of her younger sister, Emma Greville, at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, on November 1, 2020.

Giggs denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The trial is scheduled to last about two weeks, starting August 8.

Robert Page led Wales to the World Cup for the first time in 64 years in the absence of Giggs. Page will take over in Qatar and Giggs decides to step down.

Understandably, Giggs didn’t want his situation to be a distraction as Wales prepare for their biggest test yet since 1958.

Giggs, who was appointed as Wales manager in January 2018, decided to resign after Wales beat Ukraine in the FIFA World Cup Final in Cardiff two weeks ago.

The Football Association of Wales declined to comment when contacted by Sky Sports News.

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Gareth Bale was speechless after Wales qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Giggs, who had 64 caps for Wales as a player, was succeeded by famed coach Chris Coleman as coach.

He had to win over many fans who questioned his commitment to Wales’ cause during an impressive playing career at Old Trafford.

But Giggs pulled it off as Wales – fired by the brilliance of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey – qualified for Euro 2020, their second consecutive European Championship final.

However, Euro 2020 was delayed by 12 months due to the coronavirus, and Paige, who was hired by Giggs as his assistant in August 2019, ended up taking Wales to the finals last summer.

Page built on this work by leading Wales to second place after Belgium in the 2020 World Cup qualifying group.

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FAW technical director David Adams says Wales’ current success can be traced back to Gary Speed’s time in charge of the national team and the changes he made.

Victories over Austria and Ukraine secured Wales a place in the World Cup finals for the first time since reaching the quarter-finals in Sweden in 1958.

Page recently revealed that his contract is valid as long as Wales remain in the World Cup, and endorsed the former Northampton and Port Vale boss before this month’s Nations League match against Belgium.

Bale said: “I think he’s a coach for the long-term. I don’t think there is any question in the changing room or from the fans.

“He has done a great job under difficult circumstances. Everyone with him has a wonderful relationship.

“I think that’s why you achieve great things when your team is happy and your manager is doing well.”

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