Ryan Giggs permanently steps down as Wales manager

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Manchester United and Wales legend, Ryan Giggs has permanently stepped down as the head coach of the Wales national team. Ryan Giggs stopped being in charge of affairs in the Wales national team since he was arrested in November 2020.

Ryan Giggs steps down as Wales manager
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The position was handed over to Robert Page who took the country to Euro 2020 before their qualification for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

In a statement released on Monday, Ryan 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 honor 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-publicized, 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, destabilized, or jeopardized 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.

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“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.”

The former Manchester United player is accused of having controlling and coercive behavior over his former girlfriend Kate Greville between August 2017 and November 2020.

He is also accused of assaulting Ms. Greville and causing harm to her body, and also the same assault on her younger sister, Emma Greville. However, he has denied all the allegations against him as he pleaded not guilty to any of the charges.

Ryan Giggs is set to face trial at Manchester Crown Court in two months.

Giggs was one of the best players in the English Premier League and for Manchester United. He won the English Premier League, UEFA Champions League, and FA Cup with the Premier League side before he retired.

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