Ryan Giggs to be named Wales manager

Ryan Giggs' appointment as Wales manager has been mostly praised, but there remains some who have doubts he is the right man for the job.

The former Manchester United player and assistant Coach will replace Chris Coleman, who moved to Sunderland after failing to qualify Wales for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

Giggs, who won 64 Wales caps between 1991 and 2007, has never helped take his country to a major tournament finals.

He also had a brief role as interim manager at United after David Moyes was sacked in 2014.

Giggs was interviewed for the Wales job last week, as was his former worldwide team-mate Craig Bellamy and Osian Roberts, Coleman's former assistant who is also the FAW's technical director.

Admittedly approaching his 34th birthday, that Giggs would go on to play for United for a further seven years did little to dissuade the notion that he failed to take his global commitments as seriously as those at Manchester United.

Giggs said he was proud to have been handed the job and excited by the challenge ahead, with Wales having failed to qualify for this year's World Cup finals in Russian Federation and now focusing on the 2020 European Championship.


Ryan Giggs said he was proud to have been handed the job.

Giggs' first game in charge will be in the 2018 China Cup against the hosts on 22 March in Nanning.

"I've got a great group of players to work with who have been so successful over the last four or five years".

His departure from Old Trafford ended a long association with the club where he made a record 963 appearances as a player, scoring 168 goals.

Ryan Giggs will be named Wales manager on a four-year deal on Monday, according to Sky sources. After a number of unsuccessful attempts to be appointed in a Premier League role, Giggs has finally succeeded in landing a top job with his own national side.

Wales missed out on qualification to this summer's World Cup finals, agonisingly missing out on a playoff spot to Republic of Ireland, having reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016 in the previous campaign.


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