Former Manchester United player, Ryan Giggs, has resigned from his position as head coach of the Wales senior men’s national football team with immediate effect.
Giggs has reportedly, been on leave since November 2020, paving way for Robert Page to manage the Dragons into qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in his absence after 64 years. Manchester United is slated to face assault and domestic violence charges against his former girlfriend Kate Greville on August 8.
He was also accused of inflicting bodily injuries on Emma Greville, the younger sister of the plaintiff. Although the 48 years old Welshman has denied the allegation purported to have happened between August and November 2020, the accused alleged that he was also coercive during the trying period.
In his resignation statement, Giggs gratified the national team, noting that he took the best decision to avert any further speculation surrounding the position of the head coach of the Wales national senior men’s football team.
He said he has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him before the Manchester Crown Court and his stand is widely by the media. “After much consideration, I am standing down from my position as manager of the Wales men’s national team with immediate effect,” he said.
“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.
“As has been well publicised, I have pleaded not guilty to the criminal accusations being heard at Manchester Crown Court,” he added. Following this, Giggs, confident in the judicial system to clear his name, stressed that he does not want his case to jeopardise or affect the country’s world cup preparation in any manner.
“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,” the Welshman said. “I have been fortunate enough to have enjoyed some unforgettable moments during my three years in charge of the national team,” he reminisced.
However, the former Red Devils captain under Sir Alex Ferguson commended the Football Association of Wales (FAW) and Dragons for the support and assistance rendered during his travail. Conclusively, Giggs wished the Wales national team success in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, promising to resume coaching in the future.