Published: Tue, January 16, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Ryan Giggs agrees deal to take charge of Wales

Ryan Giggs agrees deal to take charge of Wales

Former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs has vowed to win over doubting fans with success on the pitch after being appointed manager of Wales on a four-year contract.

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

The Manchester United icon was capped 64 times by his country, scoring 12 goals, although he never featured at a major tournament on the worldwide stage. "But I think that's down to the individual". "But I also want to be my own manager".

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While discussing Giggs' imminent appointment on Match of the Day 2, Alan Shearer had no qualms about cracking a joke about that very fact.

Giggs understands his status as one of Wales' greatest ever players is no guarantee he will succeed as the national team's boss. I enjoyed my assistant role at Man United but I was itching to get back into football.

Having recently described the Wales job as "one of the top jobs", Giggs will be ecstatic to be finally getting a chance to show his managerial pedigree on the world stage. I couldn't tell you who is going to get it as I don't know, but with my six years in that job I know my way around the worldwide track.

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The 44-year-old said: "I can't wait to start working with the players as we prepare for those crucial games later in the year". Without him for their final two 2018 World Cup qualifiers, Wales missed out on a play-off spot and their Russian dream collapsed.

Giggs is still able to call on the talented group of players who helped Wales reach the semi-finals of Euro 2016 and many of them - Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen included - are about to enter their prime.

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