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Ryan Giggs ‘to stand down as Wales manager’ with Rob Page to lead Dragons at Qatar 2022 in first World Cup appearance in 64 years


Ryan Giggs will resign as Wales manager, it has been reported.

The former Wales and Manchester United player has been on leave from the post since November 2020 as he faces a domestic violence trial in Manchester on August 8.

Giggs missed Euro 2020 with Wales and will not take charge at the World Cup either, it’s reported

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Giggs missed Euro 2020 with Wales and will not take charge at the World Cup either, it’s reported

The 48-year-old is accused of controlling and coercive behaviour against his former girlfriend Kate Greville between August 2017 and November 2020.

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

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

Robert Page has led Wales to their first World Cup in 64 years in Giggs’ absence. Page is set to be in charge in Qatar with Giggs set to stand down in the coming days.

The Football Association of Wales has declined to comment, but the PA news agency reports that Giggs ‘agonised’ over the decision.

It is understood that Giggs did not want his situation to act as a distraction as Wales prepare for their first appearance in a World Cup finals since 1958.


Giggs has been in the job since January 2018

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Giggs has been in the job since January 2018

Giggs, who was appointed Wales manager in January 2018, decided to stand down after Wales beat Ukraine in their World Cup play-off final in Cardiff earlier in June.

Giggs had been due to face trial in January but it was put back seven months due to the backlog of court cases following the COVID pandemic.

The trial is set to last around two weeks on August 8.

Giggs, who won 64 Wales caps as a player, succeeded the popular Chris Coleman as manager.

Wales reached their first World Cup since 1958 with a 1-0 win in Cardiff in their play-off match with Ukraine

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Wales reached their first World Cup since 1958 with a 1-0 win in Cardiff in their play-off match with Ukraine

He had to win over many supporters who had questioned his commitment to the Wales cause during a stellar career at Old Trafford.

But Giggs managed that as Wales – fired by the brilliance of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey – qualified for Euro 2020, their second successive European Championship finals.

However, Euro 2020 was delayed by 12 months because of coronavirus and Page, who Giggs had appointed as his assistant in August 2019, ended up taking Wales to the finals last summer.

Page built on that work by steering Wales to second place behind Belgium in their 2020 World Cup qualification group.

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

Page was in charge of Wales at Euro 2020 and is set to lead them in Qatar too

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Page was in charge of Wales at Euro 2020 and is set to lead them in Qatar too

Page revealed recently that his contract runs for as long as Wales are in the World Cup, and Bale endorsed the former Northampton and Port Vale boss before their Nations League game against Belgium.

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

“He’s done an incredible job coming in, in difficult circumstances. Everyone with him has a great relationship.

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

Wales begin their adventure in Qatar with a clash against the USA on November 21.

They then take on Iran on November 25 before facing England in their final group match on November 29.




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