Ryan Giggs resigned from his role as manager of Wales on Monday as the former Manchester United great awaits trial on accusation of domestic violence.

Giggs has been on leave since November 2020 when he was arrested.

The 48-year-old is accused of controlling and coercive behavior against his former girlfriend Kate Greville between August 2017 and November 2020.

Giggs is also accused of assaulting Greville, causing her actual bodily harm, and common assault of her younger sister, Emma Greville, at his home in the Manchester United area in November 2020.

However, he has denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty of to all charges. His trial was delayed until August in January to a courts backlog.

Since then, his former assistant Rob Page, has led Wales to their first World Cup since 1958.

Giggs’ decision to step aside means Page will take charge of games against the USA, Iran and England in Qatar in November.

“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 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 won 13 Premier League titles and 2 Champions League among 25 major trophies during a 24-year career with Manchester United at club level.

He began his coaching career at Old Trafford, taking temporary charge at the end of 2013/14 season after David Moyes was sacked before working as an assistant to Louis van Gaal after two years.

Giggs was appointed Wales boss in January 2018 and helped them secure qualification for Euro 2020.

Source: AFP