Ryan Giggs in the picture from 2020, when he was still coaching the Welsh national team.
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“It was an honor for me to lead my country, but it is right that the association, the coaches and the players are preparing for the championship with confidence and without speculation about the position of head coach. I do not want the preparations for the World Cup to be affected, destabilized or in any way threatened by the continuing interest in this case, “Giggs said on Monday.

He was detained by police at a house in Worsley on November 1, 2020. He was accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville and her younger sister Emmy, one of whom allegedly suffered minor injuries.

Giggs was released on bail, but faces charges not only of assaulting his ex-partner, but also of manipulative or violent behavior in 2017 and 2020. He has repeatedly denied guilt.

The trial was scheduled to begin in January, but was postponed to August. After Giggs’ temporary resignation as Page, he won the World Cup after 64 years with the team, and defeated Ukraine in the June playoff final in Wales.

The Welsh Union accepted Giggs’ resignation. “We are grateful to him for his work on the national team and we appreciate the decision he has made, which is in the best interests of Welsh football,” the association said.

Giggs played for Manchester United for 23 years, became the English champion thirteen times and triumphed twice in the Champions League. He started in 64 national teams.

The Welsh national team has been leading since January 2018, having previously coached United. First in 2013 after the dismissal of David Moyes as a playing coach, later as an assistant to Louis van Gaal.

“I intend to continue my coaching career later,” Giggs concluded.