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Ryan Giggs Steps Down As Wales Head Coach

21/06/22

- Grant Whittington

Ryan Giggs, who is due to stand trial in May following a charge of domestic violence, has confirmed that he has stood down as the manager of Wales Rugby.

According to a statement by Giggs, he made this decision because of a fear that his staying on would somehow jeopardise the national side’s chances during the World Cup campaign.

Giggs was suspended from his position in November 2020, pending the outcome of his trial, which is set for August this year. A former Manchester United winger, Giggs is accused of controlling conduct against former partner Kate Greville. This behaviour allegedly took place between Aug. 2017 and Nov. 2020.

The Charges  

The former Wales manager is will also stand trial for alleged assault and the causing of grievous bodily harm, as well as a common assault charge relating to Greville’s sister, Emma.

The latter incident reportedly took place on Nov. 1, 2020, during an incident at Giggs’ home in Worsley in the Greater Manchester area.

Giggs has however denied all the charges and allegations brought against him. He has formally pled not guilty.

According to Giggs, the decision to step down had not been taken lightly. He said while managing his country had been an enormous privilege and honour, he feels it appropriate that the team as well as management and coaching staff be given the opportunity to prepare for the upcoming tournament without unnecessary distractions.

Giggs To Stick With Plea

In a statement released to the press on Monday afternoon, Giggs reiterated once more that he had pled not guilty to the charges at hand, and that he will continue to do so. He also expressed that while he remains confident in the legal system, he would have preferred an earlier date for the upcoming hearing. This, he explained, would have allowed him to resume his responsibilities as head coach a lot sooner.

Giggs, who was appointed head coach of the Wales national rugby side in Jan. 2018, reportedly decided to stand down from his role after Wales beat Ukraine in Cardiff two weeks ago.

Giggs added on Monday that he remains proud of all he had achieved with the team, and that he will forever hold dear the special times experienced during his run as head coach. He wished the team well for the upcoming World Cup as well as for the future.

The FA of Whales acknowledged the Giggs’ statement earlier this week and agreed that the decision to step down had indeed been made with the best interests of the team and the campaign in mind.

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