Wales to Appoint Manchester United Legend Ryan Giggs As New Manager

Former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs is set to be named as the new manager of Wales.

The Football Association of Wales is holding a news conference on Monday (January 15) at which the 44-year-old Giggs is expected to be unveiled as the successor to Chris Coleman who quit the job in November to take charge of Sunderland.

Giggs won 64 caps between 1991 and 2007 but was unpopular with some Wales fans for missing many internationals, especially friendlies.

Craig Bellamy, Osian Roberts and Mark Bowen were also interviewed for the role, according to the BBC, but the Welsh FA opted for Giggs.

He ended his glittering 23-year playing career in 2014 and managed Manchester United in a caretaker role for four games at the end of the 2013-14 season after David Moyes was sacked.

Giggs was Louis van Gaal's assistant at Old Trafford for the following two seasons before leaving United in 2016 after Jose Mourinho was appointed as manager.

Coleman led Wales to the Euro 2016 semi-finals but they failed to qualify for this year's World Cup.

In a recent interview with The Times, Giggs spoke about his desire to get into coaching and where he feels he would fit. "I do feel I would be more suited to coaching at the top than coaching at the bottom," he said.

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Ryan Giggs at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, March 20, 2016. Giggs is set to be named as the new Wales manager. MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 20: Ryan Giggs assistant manager of Manchester United looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on March 20, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) Laurence Griffiths/Getty

"I don't have experience in the lower divisions. It's not where I've worked in my career. I've spent my whole life in the Premier League—not just as a player but as a player-coach and assistant manager. I know now I wasn't ready when I had those four games in charge at United [as caretaker manager after Moyes left in 2014], but I'm a lot better qualified to manage now after those two years with Louis."

Giggs agreed that the Wales job would be an "ideal" way into management for him, a route plenty of his former teammates have taken before ending up in the Premier League.

"Wales is my country," he said. "International football is different. Gary Speed and Chris Coleman didn't have much experience when they got the job. Sparky [Mark Hughes] didn't have any. I know the players and the system. We've got a world-class player in Gareth Bale, some great players just beneath, some really good young players coming through, like [Ethan] Ampadu at Chelsea, [Ben] Woodburn at Liverpool. It would be a great job."