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Ryan Giggs steps down as Wales manager - The Athletic

Ryan Giggs has stepped down as Wales manager.Rob Page has taken charge of the Wales national side since Giggs was arrested in November 2020.Giggs said in a...

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Ryan Giggs has stepped down as Wales manager.

Rob Page has taken charge of the Wales national side since Giggs was arrested in November 2020.

Giggs said in a statement released on Monday: “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.”

Giggs, who was named Wales manager in January 2018, said he plans to return to management at a later date.

Wales won 12, drew five and lost eight of the 25 games Giggs took charge of.

In April, Giggs denied assaulting two women and controlling or coercive behaviour. He is due to face trial at Manchester Crown Court in August.

The 48-year-old has pleaded not guilty to controlling and coercive behaviour against his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville between December 2017 and November 2020.

Giggs, who previously played for Manchester United before moving into management, has also pleaded not guilty to assaulting Ms Greville causing her actual bodily harm, and common assault of her younger sister, Emma Greville, at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, on November 1 2020.

He has not managed a match for Wales since his arrest.

Page was placed in charge of the national side in Giggs’ absence and led his country to a place at the Qatar World Cup this winter.

Wales this month beat Ukraine 1-0 to reach their first World Cup finals since 1958.

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