Ryan Giggs leaves role as Wales manager

Jude Summerfield
Giggs has stepped down as Wales manager
Giggs has stepped down as Wales manager / Christopher Furlong/GettyImages
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Ryan Giggs has permanently left his role as Wales manager.

The former Manchester United midfielder had not been in charge of the national side since he was arrested in November 2020.

Robert Page took over and took the country to Euro 2020 before their qualification for the 2022 World Cup.

In a statement released on Monday, Giggs said: “After much consideration, I am standing down from my position as manager of the Wales men's national team with immediate effect.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to manage my country, but it is only right that the Wales FA, the coaching staff and the players prepare for the tournament with certainty, clarification and without speculation around the position of their head coach.

“As has been well publicised, I have pleaded not guilty to the criminal accusations being heard at Manchester Crown Court.

“Whilst I am confident in our judicial process, I had hoped that the case would have been heard earlier to enable me to resume my managerial responsibilities.

“Through nobody's fault the case has been delayed.

“I do not want the country's preparations for the World Cup to be affected, destabilised or jeopardised in any way by the continued interest around this case.”

The FAW's statement adds: "The Football Association of Wales acknowledges the personal statement released by Ryan Giggs on 20 June 2022.

"The FAW places on record its gratitude to Ryan Giggs for his tenure as manager of the Cymru Men’s National Team and appreciates the decision he has taken, which is in the best interests of Welsh football. 

"The full focus of the FAW and the Cymru Men’s National Team is on the FIFA World Cup in Qatar later this year."

Giggs is accused of controlling and coercive behaviour against former girlfriend Kate Greville between August 2017 and November 2020. He is also accused of assaulting Ms Greville and causing her bodily harm, and common assault of her younger sister, Emma Greville.

He has denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty to all charges. Giggs is due to face trial at Manchester Crown Court in August.

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