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Embattled Giggs steps down as Wales manager – Sporting Life


 

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Ryan Giggs has stepped 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.

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The 48-year-old former Manchester United .er 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.

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

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

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

“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 .ers prepare for the tournament with certainty, clarification and without speculation around the position of their head coach,” Giggs said in a statement.

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He said he intends “to resume my managerial career at a later date”.

The Football Association of Wales said it “acknowledges the personal statement released by Ryan Giggs on 20 June 2022”.

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A short statement read: “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.

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“The full focus of the FAW and the Cymru Men’s National Team is on the FIFA World Cup in Qatar later this year.”

As has been well publicised, I have pleaded not guilty to the criminal accusations being heard at Manchester Crown Court.

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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” added Giggs

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