Giggs resigns as Wales manager

21 Jun 2022 | 08:56 | Football

Ryan Giggs confirmed on Monday that he has resigned as manager of the Wales national team.

The former Manchester United winger is awaiting trial after being charged with abusing, raping and assaulting his ex-girlfriend and her sister.

Giggs has pleaded not guilty to all charges and is still out on bail. The trial at Manchester Crown Court was scheduled to begin on January 24, but has been delayed to August 8 – a factor that has led to the 48-year-old’s decision to step down now. .

Giggs said in a statement: “After much deliberation, I will step down as manager of the Wales men’s team.

“It is an honor and privilege to manage my country, but it is right that FA Wales, the staff and the players prepare for the tournament (World Cup) with certainty, clarity and no There is speculation surrounding their position Head Coach.

“It’s no one’s fault, the case has been delayed. I don’t want my country’s World Cup preparations to be affected, destabilized or jeopardized in any way by the continued interest surrounding the incident. this.”

Giggs temporarily stepped down as Wales manager in November 2020, with Robert Page guiding the national team to its first World Cup final since 1958 earlier this month following a play-off win over Ukraine. .

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) has confirmed it has accepted Giggs’ resignation.

“The FAW expresses gratitude to Ryan Giggs for his tenure as coach of the Cymru Men’s National Team and appreciates the decision he has made, in the best interest of the ball. rock Wales,” a statement read Monday.

“The whole focus of the FAW and the Cymru Men’s National Team is at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar later this year.”