Former Manchester United winger and Premier League legend Ryan Giggs will step down from his role as Head Coach of the Wales national team in the coming days.
The 48 year-old Welshman had been on leave from his role as Wales gaffer since November 2020, and faces a domestic violence trial in Manchester on August 8th.
Giggs is accused of controlling and coercive behaviour against his former girlfriend Kate Greville between August 2017 and November 2020.
Giggs is also accused of assaulting Ms Greville, causing her actual bodily harm, and of the common assault of her younger sister, Emma Greville, at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, on November 1st, 2020.
Giggs has denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Caretaker boss Robert Page managed to lead Wales to their first World Cup in 64 years in Giggs’ absence. Page will be in charge in Qatar with Giggs set to stand down in the coming days. It is understood that Giggs did not want his situation to act as a distraction as Wales prepare for their first appearance in a World Cup Finals since 1958.
Giggs, who was appointed Wales manager in January 2018, decided to stand down after the play-off final victory over Ukraine in Cardiff two weeks ago.
Giggs had been due to face trial in January but it was put back seven months due to the backlog of court cases following the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Football Association of Wales has declined to comment, but reports have it that Giggs is “agonised” over the decision. His trial is set to last around two weeks on August 8.
Giggs, who won 64 Wales caps as a player, succeeded Chris Coleman as manager and qualified the Cymru for UEFA Euro 2020, which was their second successive European Championship finals.
However, Euro 2020 was delayed by a year due to the coronavirus and Page, who Giggs had appointed as his assistant in August 2019, ended up taking Wales to the Finals last summer.
Page also built on that by steering Wales to second place behind Belgium in their 2020 World Cup qualification group, and ultimately to the 2022 FIFA World Cup Finals in Qatar.