Giggs named as head coach of Wales national team

Lynette Rowe
January 16, 2018

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". He left this role when the Dutchman was sacked in 2016, despite reportedly being offered a deal to remain part of United's coaching setup by Jose Mourinho.

He will replace Chris Coleman - now manger of Sunderland - who left the post after failing to take Wales to the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, having previously reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016 in France.

Real Madrid ace Gareth Bale has been asked by the Football Association of Wales for his opinion on the next national team coach.

"I don't think he played a friendly for around nine years, until 2000".

Giggs understands his status as one of Wales' greatest ever players is no guarantee he will succeed as the national team's boss.

A Manchester United legend, Giggs is one of the most decorated footballers in history - winning 13 Premier League and two Champions League titles in 963 appearances for the Red Devils.

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And while he was unable to lead them to a major tournament during his playing career, he will be looking to do just that in his first role as a manager.

"When you've got Champions League quarter-finals and you are asking the players to travel all around the world, it's about striking that balance".

Giggs admitted the whirlwind nature of his appointment - interviewed on Thursday and unveiled on Monday - had given him little time to consider his backroom staff.

'I will do exactly what I did as a player, be professional, work hard, be organised.

"We haven't been in a World Cup since 1958 and I want to do it".

The FAW was keen to make the appointment before the UEFA Nations League draw, which takes place in Switzerland on January 24.

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