Ryan Giggs is the new Wales manager

The 44-year-old previously held the role of interim boss at Old Trafford following David Moyes' sacking, while he was assistant coach to Louis van Gaal during his time in charge of the Red Devils.

Giggs, who earned 64 caps for Wales during his playing career between 1991 and 2007, succeeds Chris Coleman as the Wales manager.

Giggs said his glittering playing career, including 13 Premier League titles, was a gift and a curse when applying for club jobs since he left United in 2016.

Giggs takes over from Chris Coleman, who left the role a year ago to take over at Sunderland.

The Football Association of Wales has called a news conference for Monday afternoon in Cardiff, where the former Manchester United winger is expected to be unveiled. But I think that's down to the individual.

The role is Giggs' first permanent manager's job and McClaren believes he would have benefited from coming through the youth set-up at Wales first.

Giggs' first chance to make an impression as Wales manager will come in the China Cup, a friendly tournament in March.

Giggs knows a key part of the job will be to form "good relationships" with clubs, and realises he will need to be flexible with them and his players. I couldn't tell you who is going to get it as I don't know, but with my six years in that job I know my way around the worldwide track.

"Ryan Giggs was always intelligent, always inquisitive, not a shouter but someone who would be well-respected". But they failed to qualify for this year's World Cup in Russian Federation.

"So whoever gets him will be a lucky team because he is a top, top player".

Giggs will be hopeful that he can revitalise the squad after a disappointing World Cup qualifying campaign that ended with Ireland pipping Wales to the play-off places in the final round of matches.


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