Ryan Giggs, who used to play for Manchester United and was one of their best players, has quit as manager of Wales.
Giggs has been off the job since November 2020, and on August 8, he will stand trial in Manchester for domestic violence.
Wales qualified for the Qatar 2022 World Cup without him while he waits to be tried on charges of domestic violence. The 48-year-old is accused of controlling and forcing his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville to do things from August 2017 to November 2020.
Giggs has denied the claims and said he is not guilty of all the charges.
Wales’s interim manager, Rob Page, led the team to the World Cup for the first time since 1958, and now Giggs has decided to hand over the reins before the big tournament.
Ryan Giggs said in a statement on Monday, “It has been an honor and a privilege to lead my country. However, it is only fair that the Wales FA, the coaching staff, and the players prepare for the tournament with certainty, clarity, and without rumors about their head coach.”
“During the three years I was in charge of the national team, I was lucky enough to have some moments that I will never forget. I’m proud of my record and will always remember the good times. I’m sad that we can’t keep going on this journey together because I think this amazing group will do the country proud at our first World Cup since 1958.
Giggs told goal.com, “As has been widely reported, I have pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges being heard at Manchester Crown Court.”
“Even though I have faith in our legal system, I had hoped that the case would have been heard sooner so I could get back to my job as a manager.
“The case has been put off for no one’s fault. I don’t want the continued interest, in this case, to make it harder for the country to get ready for the World Cup or put it at risk in any way. 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,” he added.
Ukraine’s hopes were dashed when Andriy Yarmolenko scored an own goal off a Gareth Bale free-kick. This put Wales in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. Wales qualified for the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1958 when Ukraine’s Yarmolenko headed the ball into his own net in the play-off final.