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Giggs steps down from role as Wales manager


Ryan Giggs has stepped down from his role as the Wales national team manager "with immediate effect", the former Manchester United captain has announced. It would be recalled that Giggs following his arrest in November 2020, temporarily stepped aside from his managerial role as the Welsh national team boss. He was later charged with using controlling behavior and assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Kate Greville, a charge that the 48-year old has denied. Giggs pleaded not guilty to controlling and using coercive behaviour against his ex-girlfriend between August 2017 and November 2020. He has also pleaded not guilty to assaulting Ms Greville causing her actual body harm, and common assault of her younger sister, Emma Greville, at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, on 1 November 2020. In a statement, Giggs said: “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.” “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 the World Cup." “It is my intention to resume my managerial career at a later date.” In Giggs' absence, Robert Page took over as interim Wales boss and led them to a first World Cup finals since 1958.

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