Former Manchester United star and club legend Ryan Giggs will venture into management, with the job of the Wales national team
Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs is set to be appointed the manager of the Wales national team today, a report from the Daily Mail claims.
The managerial spot of the Welsh national team has been vacant ever since former boss Chris Coleman left the job to take over as the manager of Sunderland in the EFL Championship in November last year. After having led the team to the semi-finals of the UEFA Euro 2016, Coleman failed to lead Wales to the qualification for the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.
The Football Association of Wales (FAW) has revealed that they will make an appointment on Monday and the report claims that Jonathan Ford, the chief executive of the FAW has decided to offer Giggs the job.
The 44-year old was one of the four candidates to be interviewed for the job last Thursday – the others being Giggs’ former Welsh teammates Craig Bellamy, Mark Bowen and the current assistant manager Osain Roberts.
The FAW is keen on making an appointment before the draw for the UEFA Nations League, which is set to take place on January 24, in Switzerland. It is understood that the former Wales international is likely to be offered a four-year contract, with the chief objective being that Giggs lead the Wales side safely through the qualification for the UEFA Euro 2020.
Ryan Giggs is set to be confirmed as the new Wales manager.
The announcement is expected on Monday.
— BBC Sport Wales (@BBCSportWales) January 14, 2018
Giggs, who had been capped 64 times by the Welsh national team, has never had a permanent managerial job before. His only stint before came as the interim boss of Manchester United towards the end of the 2013/14 campaign, when he was asked to take over from the sacked David Moyes.
Giggs then served as the assistant manager for Louis van Gaal for two years, before deciding to leave United in 2016, following the appointment of Jose Mourinho as the manager. He had previously expressed interest in managing several Premier League clubs including Swansea City and Southampton, but wasn’t able to land any major job.
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.