Ryan Giggs, 49, who is accused of assaulting his girlfriend, has stepped down from the Welsh national team’s managerial position.
Giggs announced his intention to resign as Wales manager on the 21st (Korean time). Giggs explained, “It is an honor and privilege to lead Wales, the homeland team, but we have decided to step down because the Welsh Football Association (FAW), the national team coaches and players must clearly prepare for the 2022 Qatar World Cup without questioning the coach’s future,” said Giggs. did.
Giggs was charged with assaulting his girlfriend, a woman in her 30s and a woman in her 20s, in November 2020. Her trial, which was originally scheduled to start in January last year, was postponed to August this year due to court circumstances. Giggs temporarily stepped down as head coach, with former head coach Robert Page taking over as interim head coach.
Wales made it to the World Cup finals for the first time in 64 years under Page’s interim manager.
Wes advanced to the play-offs in Group E of the World Cup European qualifiers, beating Czech Republic by one point and finishing second behind Belgium. The BBC predicted that “there is a prospect that head coach Page will be appointed as Wales’ official manager”.
Giggs, a former Manchester United (England), took over as Wales manager in 2018, but was disgraced for assault.
FAW said: “Thanks Giggs for making the best decision for the Wales national team. FAW’s focus will be on the World Cup in November this year.”
Reporter Lee Hyung-seok