Ryan Giggs speaks to the media
Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs stands down as Wales manager ahead of August trial


Ryan Giggs has announced he is standing down as Wales manager with immediate effect.

Giggs has been on leave from his post since November 2020 and faces a domestic violence trial in Manchester on August 8.

The 48-year-old former Manchester United star 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.

"After much consideration, I am standing down from my position as manager of the Wales men’s national team with immediate effect," said Giggs.

"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.

"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."

Robert Page has led Wales to their first World Cup in 64 years in Giggs’ absence. Page will be in charge in Qatar.

Giggs, who was appointed Wales manager in January 2018, decided to stand down after the play-off final victory over Ukraine in Cardiff two weeks ago.

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-19 pandemic.

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

Ryan Giggs statement in full

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.

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

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