Ryan Giggs quits as Wales manager

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Ryan Giggs - Andy Hooper/NMC Pool
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Ryan Giggs has resigned as Wales manager with immediate effect, almost two years after first stepping away from the role following his arrest.

The former Manchester United winger first stepped back from the job after he was arrested in November 2020. He was later charged with using controlling behaviour and assaulting his ex-girlfriend, charges he has denied.

Robert Page took over as interim manager and has led Wales to their first World Cup since 1958. Page also managed the team at last summer’s European Championship, when Wales reached the knockout stages.

In a statement on Monday night, Giggs said it had been an “honour” to lead his country and that it was “only right” for the team to prepare for the upcoming tournament without the ongoing speculation over his position.

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

"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.”

Giggs added that he intends to continue his managerial career “at a later date” and said he “had hoped that the case would have been heard earlier to enable me to resume my managerial responsibilities”.

He added: "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 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.”

The Football Association of Wales said in a statement that it “acknowledges” the decision made by Giggs.

“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,” said an FAW statement.

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

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