File photo dated 16-11-2019 of Wales manager Ryan Giggs. Issue date: Friday April 23, 2021. Wales boss Ryan Giggs has been charged with assaulting two women and controlling or coercive behaviour, the Crown Prosecution Service said. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER Giggs. Photo credit should read Bradley Collyer/PA Wire.
Ryan Giggs faces an upcoming trial on charges of domestic violence (PA)

Ryan Giggs has announced that he has resigned as Wales manager.

The former Manchester United winger has pleaded not guilty to three charges of domestic abuse against his ex-partner and her sister and is due to go on trial on August 8.

The 48-year-old stepped away from his role as manager in November 2020 after he was arrested.

Robert Page took over from Giggs as Wales’ interim manager and guided the team to the World Cup in Qatar later this year.

A statement from Giggs read: ‘After much consideration, I am standing down from my position as manager of the Wales men’s national team with immediate effect,” said Giggs.

‘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.

‘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. I have been fortunate enough to have enjoyed some unforgettable moments during my three years in charge of the national team.’

A statement from the Welsh FA read: ‘The Football Association of Wales acknowledges the personal statement released by Ryan Giggs on 20 June 2022.

‘The FAW places on record its gratitude to Ryan Giggs for his tenure as manager of the Cymru Men’s National Team and appreciates the decision he has taken, which is in the best interests of Welsh football.

‘The full focus of the FAW and the Cymru Men’s National Team is on the FIFA World Cup in Qatar later this year.’

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