Ryan Giggs: Why Man United icon isn’t managing Wales at Euro 2020 this summer

Wales will be without manager Ryan Giggs as they look to produce another memorable run at the Euros this summer.

The team were superb under Chris Coleman at Euro 2016, reaching the semi-finals but preparations for this edition have been difficult ahead of the upcoming tournament.

Giggs will not be at the Euros with Wales
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Giggs has been Wales boss since 2018 and managed to steer them through the Euro qualifiers and into the rearranged Championship.

But the Manchester United icon won’t be in the dugout to manage his players.

Why isn’t Ryan Giggs managing Wales at Euro 2020?

Giggs was readying his squad for their long-awaited Euros campaign before being arrested in April.

The 47-year-old was charged with coercive control and actual bodily harm in relation to his ex-girlfriend, while he was also charged with assault by beating relating to a second woman.

“We have authorised Greater Manchester Police to charge Ryan Giggs with engaging in behaviour which was controlling or coercive and assault occasioning actual bodily harm,” the Crown Prosecution Service announced.

Giggs will go on trial for his alleged crimes on January 24, 2021.

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The former United winger didn’t enter a formal plea but says he ‘looks forward to clearing my name’.

As a result of the situation, the Football Association of Wales announced Robert Page would be taking Giggs place as manager for the Euros.

They said: “The FAW can confirm that Robert Page will assume the role of manager for this summer’s Euro 2020 tournament.”

The FAW also said Albert Stuivenberg will continue as Page’s assistant.

The governing body added: “An FAW board meeting will be convened to discuss these developments and its impact on the Association and the national team.

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“The FAW will not be making any further comment at this current time.”

Meanwhile, Giggs has said in a statement: “I have full respect for the due process of law and understand the seriousness of the allegations. I will plead not guilty in court and look forward to clearing my name.

“I would like to wish Robert Page, the coaching staff, the players and the supporters every success at the Euros this summer.”

Wales are in Group A for the Euros and will play Switzerland, Turkey and Italy in the group stages.

Their opening match will be against the Swiss on the second day of the tournament on Saturday, June 12.

Wales lost to France in their opening warm-up match and take on Albania this weekend.