Man United legend Ryan Giggs ready to take over as Welsh national coach

Manchester United club legend Ryan Giggs is set to be name as the next Wales national coach n a four-year contract.

The former Wales international will be formally presented as Chris Coleman’s replacement at a press conference in Cardiff on Monday after the 44-year-old Giggas emerged as the Football Association of Wales’s preferred choice amongst four other head coach candidates in Osian Roberts, Craig Bellamy and Mark Bowen.

While the FAW interviewed all four last Thursday Giggs was always believed to be the frontrunner for a position that has been vacant since Coleman left to join Sunderland in November. The panel set up to conduct the search — led by FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford — is expected to put the finishing touches to the agreement.

Giggs, who won 64 caps for Wales and recently described managing his country as “one of the top jobs”.

Still, his experience is limited outside of his playing career with only a brief spell as interim manager at United and also worked as Louis van Gaal’s assistant at Old Trafford for a couple of seasons before departing in 2016.

Giggs had also been interviewed for the Swansea City job later that year but was overlooked after the Premier League club opted to appoint Bob Bradley ahead of him.

With Wales missing out on qualification for the World Cup this summer, Giggs’s first major assignment will be to lead his country to the 2020 European Championship finals.

Another issue that remains is whether Roberts, who has been an influential figure in Welsh football’s resurgence and remains the FAW’s technical director, will work alongside Giggs. Roberts was previously employed as Coleman’s No 2 and had hoped he would be given the opportunity to take over as manager.

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