Ryan Giggs lands first permanent job in management with Wales

by Jack Kitson / 15 January 2018, 13:04

Stop what you’re going, Ryan Giggs is a football manager!

After a flurry of rejections, false promises and setbacks the Welshman has kick-started his managerial career with Wales after signing a four year deal.

Giggs, who won 64 caps for Wales between 1991 and 2007, beat off competition from fellow interviewees Craig Bellamy, Osian Roberts and Mark Bowen to bag the job and become the man to replace Chris Coleman at the helm.

Back in November Coleman surprisingly opted to return to club management with Championship side Sunderland, who have since won three of their 11 matches under the Welshman, and are rock-bottom of the table, three points adrift of safety.

Giggs has previously been linked with a plethora of Premier League and Football League posts, and over the festive period he told The Times he was more suited to coaching in the top leagues.

However, in the end he has ventured into the international arena and will now be tasked with leading Wales through to Euro 2020, with his contract also covering the 2020 World Cup campaign.

Man Utd legend Giggs is the most decorated Premier League player of all time, but from a managerial perspective he only has four caretaker games in charge of the Red Devils to his name (W2 D1 L1). He went on to work under Louis van Gaal but left the club in 2016 following the appointment of Jose Mourinho.

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