Ryan Giggs steps down as Welsh manager ahead of 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar | Soccer News

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Former Manchester United great Ryan Giggs has resigned as Wales manager with immediate effect. Giggs has been on leave since November 2020 and faces a domestic violence trial in Manchester on August 8. It comes after Wales qualified for the Qatar 2022 World Cup in his absence as they await trial on domestic violence charges. The 48-year-old is accused of controlling and coercive behavior towards his former girlfriend Kate Greville between August 2017 and November 2020.

Giggs denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Interim Wales boss Rob Page guided Wales to their first World Cup appearance since 1958 – and Giggs has now made the decision to hand over his responsibilities ahead of the world tournament.

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“It has been an honor and a privilege to lead my country, but it is only right that the Wales FA, coaching staff and players prepare for the tournament with certainty, clarification and without speculation about the position of their head coach,” Ryan Giggs said in a statement Monday.

“I have been blessed with unforgettable moments during my three years in charge of the national team. I am proud of my record and will cherish these special moments forever. I am sad that we cannot continue this trip together because I believe this amazing group will do the country proud at our first World Cup since 1958.”

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“As it was well publicized, I have pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges heard at Manchester Crown Court,” Giggs said according to goal.com.

“While I have confidence in our legal process, I had hoped the case would be heard sooner to allow me to resume my managerial responsibilities.”

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“Through no one’s fault the matter has been delayed. I do not want the country’s preparations for the World Cup to be affected, destabilized or compromised in any way by the continued interest around this matter. I intend to resume my managerial career at a later date and I can’t wait to see our national team alongside you in the stands.”

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Wales entered the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar after Andriy Yarmolenko’s own goal from a Gareth Bale free-kick ended Ukraine’s hopes. Wales reached the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1958 after Ukraine’s Yarmolenko headed for his own goal in the play-off final.

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