Ryan Giggs resigns as Wales manager ahead of FIFA World Cup 2022

"It has been an honour and a privilege to manage my country," said Ryan Giggs

By Web Desk
June 21, 2022
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KARACHI: Former Manchester United player Ryan Giggs resigned as Wales manager ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2022.

After being arrested, the former Manchester United winger stepped away from his position in November 2020.

The 48-year-old was later charged with abusing his ex-girlfriend and using controlling behaviour, both of which he denies.

In Giggs' absence, Robert Page took over as temporary Wales manager, taking the team to their first World Cup finals since 1958.

"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," Giggs said in a statement.

Following Giggs' announcement, the Football Association of Wales issued their official remark.

"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," it read.

"The full focus of the FAW and the Cymru men's national team is on the Fifa World Cup in Qatar later this year."