Football | Ryan Giggs steps down as Wales manager
Updated: Sep 18
Ryan Giggs has stepped down from his role as Wales manager.
Wales' interim manager Robert Page has led the country to their first World Cup in 64 years, and Giggs says he wants the nation to be able to prepare for the tournament in Qatar without any speculation around the position of head coach.
Giggs, who has been on leave since November 2020, faces a domestic violence trial on August 8th.
The former Manchester United winger has pleaded not guilty to charges of controlling and coercive behaviour against his former girlfriend Kate Greville between 2017 and 2020. Giggs is also accused of assaulting and causing actual bodily harm to Kate, as well as assaulting her sister Emma in Greater Manchester on November 1st, 2020.
The trial is set to commence on August 8th in Manchester.
Giggs confirmed his decision in a statement, with the former Wales international also signalling his intent to return to management in the future.
"After much consideration, I am standing down from my position as manager of the Wales men's national team with immediate effect," Giggs' statement read.
"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.
"I have been fortunate enough to have enjoyed some unforgettable moments during my three years in charge of the national team.
"I am proud of my record and will cherish those special times forever.
"It has been a pleasure to work with such well-established, senior professionals, and it has given me immense pride to watch so many young players progress into the national squad and flourish in the red colours of our country.
"I am touched and grateful to our passionate supporters for following us all over the world.
"To see nearly 3,000 of our loyal, travelling fans in Baku for the European Championship qualifier against Azerbaijan made me appreciate the sacrifices people make to watch our nation play.
"I am sad that we cannot continue this journey together because I believe that this extraordinary group will make the country proud at our first World Cup since 1958.
"I would like to thank the chief executive Noel Mooney, his predecessor Jonathan Ford, the board of the FAW, plus the many people behind the scenes who work tirelessly to help our national team and for the support they have given me during this difficult time in my personal life.
"It is my intention to resume my managerial career at a later date and I look forward to watching our national team alongside you in the stands.
"Finally, I would like to wish the players, the staff and the supporters at the FAW every success at the World Cup and in the future.
"Thank you and best wishes. Ryan."
The Wales FA have also released a statement acknowledging Giggs' decision.