Ryan Giggs appointed as Wales manager
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Jan 16, 2018,
Jan 16, 2018, 0:49
Ryan Giggs sought the advice of Sir Alex Ferguson before agreeing to succeed Chris Coleman as Wales manager, with the former Manchester United winger confident he can secure a first World Cup qualification since 1958 in his first permanent managerial appointment.
Giggs has plenty of experience of playing for Wales, as he scored 12 goals in 64 appearances for his country, and he admits he feels a great sense of pride after being handed the chance to manage the team. "I'd like to think I'll be the same kind of manager as I was a player, with professionalism but also a little bit of fun along the way".
After his retirement as a player, Giggs was named as assistant manager at United under Louis van Gaal.
Giggs famously lost out to Bob Bradley during the interview stage to be the next manager of Swansea City after the club sacked Francesco Guidolin.
"I have spoken to him over the last 24 hours".
The 44-year-old, whose only previous coaching experience came at Manchester United, edged out former teammate Craig Bellamy to land the role.
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"I want to enjoy it, I've got a great group of players to work with".
"Who can forget the Euros?"
"I'm just itching to get back into football, because that's where I feel comfortable, that's where I belong", he told reporters. "I did that as a player and I'll work hard to produce a winning team".
Giggs played 64 times for Wales between 1991-2007 and was part of the squad who narrowly missed out on qualifying for UEFA EURO 2004 after losing a play-off match to Russian Federation at the Millennium Stadium.
Coleman spent almost six years as Wales manager before leaving to take over Sky Bet Championship strugglers Sunderland in November. He has act to follow, seeing as Chris Coleman was the first Coach to qualify Wales to a major tournament since 1958, helping the Dragons make the semi-final of Euro 2016.