Giggs quits as Wales coach ahead of domestic violence trial

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Ryan Giggs immediately stepped down as Wales manager, saying on Monday he didn’t want his upcoming domestic violence trial to destabilize the national team ahead of their first World Cup appearance since 1958.

The great Manchester United has been on leave from his post since November 2020, with his assistant Robert Page leading the Welsh to the World Cup in Qatar via the European play-offs this month.

Giggs is accused of controlling and coercing his ex-girlfriend from August 2017 to November 2020. He is also accused of assaulting her and her sister. The trial is due to begin on August 8th.

“It has been an honor and a privilege for me to govern my country,” Giggs said. their head coach.

Giggs pleaded not guilty to the charges. The failure to hear cases at the Crown Court of Manchester delayed the start of the trial.

“While I have confidence in our litigation, I was hoping that the case would be heard sooner, allowing me to resume my managerial duties,” he said. “Through no one’s fault the case was not adjourned.

“I don’t want the country’s preparations for the World Cup to be affected, destabilized or jeopardized by continued interest in the cause.”

Giggs played a record 963 times for Manchester United before retiring in 2014. He also made 64 appearances for Wales and was hired as his national team coach in January 2018.

Giggs qualified Wales for the last European Championship, which was postponed 12 months to 2021 due to the pandemic. Page led the Welsh in this tournament.

“I have been fortunate to experience some unforgettable moments in my three years in charge of the national team,” said Giggs. “I am proud of my track record and will always cherish these special moments.”

“I am sad,” he added, “that we cannot continue this journey together because I believe that this extraordinary group will make the country proud of our first World Cup since 1958.”

Giggs said he intended to resume his managerial career “at a later date”.

“And I’m looking forward to seeing our national team in the stands with you.”

The Welsh Football Association thanked Giggs, saying they “assess the decision he has made which is in the best interest of Welsh football”.

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