RYAN GIGGS is to stand down as Wales manager with Robert Page set to take over full-time for the World Cup in Qatar.
The 48-year-old will announce his decision in the coming days after talks with the Football Association of Wales.
Ryan Giggs will stand down as Wales bossCredit: Getty
Interim manager Robert Page – who led the Dragons to the World Cup – will take overCredit: Reuters
Giggs, who has been on leave from his post as Dragons boss in November 2020 following his arrest, faces a domestic violence trial in August after he was charged of assaulting his ex-girlfriend.
The former Manchester United star is also accused of using coercive behaviour towards Kate Greville as well as assaulting her sister.
Giggs denies all the allegations and is determined to clear his name.
His trial was due to take place in January but the case was adjourned following a backlog of cases and will now start on August 8 at Manchester Crown Court.
Wales qualified for a first World Cup in 64 years and Giggs’ contract runs until the end of the Dragons’ campaign in Qatar which starts in November.
The FAW declined to comment last night but it is believed Giggs ‘agonised’ over the decision.
And SunSport understands his legal team have already held discussions with the FAW over an agreement.
Interim boss Robert Page has been in charge since Giggs’ arrest and made history by leading Wales to a first global finals appearance since 1958 following the 1-0 triumph over Ukraine on June 5.
Like Giggs, Page’s current contract has also been extended until the end of Wales’ tournament in the Middle East where they face USA, Iran and arch rivals England in Group B.
Wales captain Gareth Bale supported Page publicly as the nation’s long-term manager beyond the World Cup before the 1-1 Nations League draw with Belgium on June 11.
Bale said of Page: “I think he is the long-term manager. I don’t think there is any question in the changing room or from the fans.
“He’s done an incredible job coming in in difficult circumstances.
“Everyone with him has a great relationship. We have that good mixture where we can have a bit of fun but when we need to work, we work hard.
“We do it correctly. There’s a great balance. He’s been great for us.
“Even his backroom staff with Alan Knill, Kit Symons and all the other staff have been incredible.
“I guess that’s why you achieve big things when your team is happy and your manager is doing well.”
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