Ryan Giggs will be the new Wales manager

Ryan Giggs will be the new Wales manager

Former Manchester United great Ryan Giggs said on Monday he was "itching" to get back into football after being unveiled as the new Wales boss - his first permanent managerial post.

At one stage missing eighteen consecutive friendly matches for his country, Giggs retired from global football in 2007.

Jonathan Ford, the chief executive of FAW, added: "With his vast amount of experience having played, coached and managed the biggest club in the world, we are confident of a successful future for our national team". Giggs played a record 963 times for Manchester United and became British soccer's most decorated player but has struggled to forge a coaching career, most notably being overlooked for the role as Swansea manager in late 2016.

Ever since Ryan Giggs chose to retire from playing and move into coaching at Manchester United, later becoming caretaker manager when David Moyes was sacked, he has always had his eyes set on becoming a manager.

His first match in charge will be against China - in China.

Giggs' only previous spell as a manager came when he took over at Manchester United for the final four games of the 2013-14 season following David Moyes' sacking. Who can forget watching us at the Euros?

Giggs is believed to have fought off strong competition from former Wales striker Craig Bellamy, who is working in Cardiff City's academy, FAW technical director Osian Roberts and Mark Hughes's trusted assistant Mark Bowen. With the group of players that we have got we should be there and it is my job to get us there.

Wales have been looking for a new manager since Chris Coleman left to take charge of Sunderland after failing to take the Dragons to this summer's World Cup. After a number of unsuccessful attempts to be appointed in a Premier League role, Giggs has finally succeeded in landing a top job with his own national side.

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