After being charged with dominating and abusive behavior as well as an assault against his ex-girlfriend and her sister, the former winger for Manchester United is currently awaiting trial on these allegations.
But it has been postponed until August 8; this is one of the contributing factors that drove the 48-year-old to decide to step down at this time.
“After much consideration, I am standing down from my position as manager of the Wales men’s national team with immediate effect,” Giggs said in a statement.
“It has been an honor 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 [World Cup] tournament with certainty, clarification, and without speculation around the position of their head coach.
“Through nobody’s fault, the case has been delayed. I do not want the country’s preparations for the World Cup to be affected, destabilized or jeopardized in any way by the continued interest around this case.”
Before calling it quits in 2014, Giggs had racked up a record 963 appearances for Manchester United.
Additionally, he played 64 times for Wales, and in January of 2018, he was hired as the coach of his country’s national team.
He also led Wales to qualification for the most recent European Championship, which was postponed by one year to 2021 because of the epidemic caused by COVID-19.
Giggs took a leave of absence from his position as Wales coach in November 2020, and Robert Page took over as head coach for the team at the European Championships the following summer.
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