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News ID: 103933
Publish Date : 21 June 2022 - 21:23
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LONDON (Reuters) - Ryan Giggs has confirmed that he has resigned as coach of Wales’ national team.
The former Manchester United winger is awaiting trial after being charged with controlling and coercive behavior and assault against his wife and her sister.
Giggs has pleaded not guilty to all charges and remains on bail. The trial at Manchester Crown Court had been due to start on Jan 24, but has been delayed until Aug 8 - a factor that lead to the 48-year-old deciding to step down now.
“After much consideration, I am standing down from my position as manager of the Wales men’s national team with immediate effect,” Giggs said in a statement.
“It has been an honor 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 (World Cup) tournament with certainty, clarification and without speculation around the position of their head coach.
“Through nobody’s fault the case has been delayed. I do not want the country’s preparations for the World Cup to be affected, destabilized or jeopardized in any way by the continued interest around this case.”
Giggs temporarily stepped down as Wales coach in November 2020, with Robert Page guiding the nation to their first World Cup finals since 1958 earlier this month after a playoff victory over Ukraine.
The Football Association of Wales confirmed they accepted Giggs’ resignation.

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