JUST IN: Ryan Giggs stepped down as Wales manager

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Former Manchester United player and coach Ryan Giggs has stepped down as Wales manager with immediate effect.

Giggs has been on leave from his post since November 2020 and faces a domestic violence trial in Manchester on August 8.

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The 48-year-old former Manchester United player 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 1, 2020.

Giggs has denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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The trial is set to last around two weeks from August 8.

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,” Giggs said in a statement.

He said he intends “to resume my managerial career at a later date”.

The Football Association of Wales said it “acknowledges the personal statement released by Ryan Giggs on 20 June 2022”.

A short statement read: “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.

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Giggs, who won 64 Wales caps as a player, succeeded Chris Coleman as manager.

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