Ryan Giggs: Manchester United Legend Set To Be Named Wales Manager


This led many fans and pundits to question his dedication to the worldwide cause, with Giggs later feeling forced to defend himself to Sky Sports, stating: 'I've always maintained that two of the greatest moments of my career came when I made my Wales debut and then when I captained my country three years later'.

His first fixture in charge will be the 2018 China Cup against the hosts in Nanning on March 22. 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 global track.

This is Giggs' first stint as a permanent first-team manager in professional football.

"I've spoken to him over the last 24 hours and I'll speak to him in more depth but obviously I want to be my own manager", he said.

Giggs has plenty of experience of playing for Wales, as he scored 12 goals in 64 appearances for his country, and he admits he feels a great sense of pride after being handed the chance to manage the team. "We haven't been at a World Cup since 1958 and I want to get this group of players there and be a part of it". Who can forget watching us at the Euros?

He replaces Chris Coleman, who left to take charge of Championship side Sunderland.

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"I think there's a good balance".

"I'll take bits from managers that I have worked under at club and global level but I am my own person".

"I'm not on social media - for that very reason!" he said. But I know the criticism will come and I'll give my all to the job.

"That's the beauty about football, everyone has an opinion, and you have to take that".

Giggs said he has not made any decision on his backroom staff but he will hold talks with Osian Roberts, the FAW's technical director, who was also an assistant to Coleman.

Wales need a new man to attempt to lead them to Euro 2020 after missing out on the World Cup.