Official: Ryan Giggs steps down as Wales boss


Ryan Giggs has, on Monday, opted to depart his position as head coach of the Welsh national team.

In a short statement unveiled on the part of the former Manchester United attacker a short time ago, Giggs confirmed:

“I am standing down from my position as manager of the Wales men’s national team. It was an honour and privilege to manage this team”.

Wales' Football Association, meanwhile, have since 'acknowledged' the decision, thanking Giggs for his efforts at the helm in a statement of their own, as follows:

'The Football Association of Wales acknowledges the personal statement released by Ryan Giggs on 20 June 2022.

'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.'

Giggs' call to move on of course comes with the 48-year-old having been on leave from his post since November of 2020.

The one-time Welsh international is set to stand trial in Manchester on August 8th, accused of:

'Controlling and coercive behaviour against his former girlfriend Kate Greville between August 2017 and November 2020', as well as:

'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 1 November 2020.'

Giggs, to this point, has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.

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