Ryan Giggs announced this Monday that he is leaving the position of Wales coach, after being removed from the position in November 2020 after being accused of mistreatment by his ex-partner.
The former Manchester United soccer player was arrested at the end of 2020 and accused of assaulting two women, one of them his ex-partner Kate Greville, whom he allegedly controlled and with whom he allegedly had coercive behavior between 2017 and 2020.
Rob Page took charge of the team from November 2020 and qualified Wales for their first World Cup since Sweden 1958. Wales will play in the same group as England, USA and Iran at Qatar 2022.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to coach my country, but I think it is only right that Wales prepare for the World Cup safely and without speculation regarding their manager’s position,” Giggs said in a statement.
“As published, I have pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges I have faced in Manchester court. Although I have confidence in the judicial process, I would have liked the case to have been closed earlier, so that I could continue with my responsibilities as a coach”, he added.
“It was no one’s fault that the process was delayed. I do not want the preparation of my country’s team for the World Cup to be affected or destabilized by the continued interest in my case, “justified Giggs.