Ryan Giggs domestic violence trial: Why the Man United legend resigned as Wales boss

Ryan Giggs announced his resignation as Wales manager on Monday evening ahead of his domestic violence trial.

The former Manchester United winger had been in the role of Wales boss since January 2018. During his spell in charge, he secured 12 wins from 25 games.

Giggs stepped away from his role in November 2020 after he was arrested. The following April, he was charged with assaulting two women, and controlling or coercive behaviour.

In a statement, Giggs confirmed that he would “look forward to clearing my name“.

The Welshman faces a domestic violence trial in Manchester on August 8. Giggs has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

After Giggs stepped back from his responsibilities as Wales boss, Rob Page took charge. The former Port Vale manager then guided Wales to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The tournament will take place later this year. Furthermore, it will be Wales’ first appearance at the tournament since 1958.

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Why has Giggs resigned as Wales manager?

In a statement announcing his resignation, Giggs said: “After much consideration, I am standing down from my position as manager of the Wales men’s national team with immediate effect.

“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.

“Whilst I am confident in our judicial process, I had hoped that the case would have been heard earlier to enable me to resume my managerial responsibilities. Through nobody’s fault the case has been delayed.”

“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.”

Giggs went on to add: “It is my intention to resume my managerial career at a later date and I look forward to watching our national team alongside you in the stands.”

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