Former Manchester United forward Ryan Giggs is to stand down as manager of Wales.
Giggs has been on leave from his post since November 2020 and faces a domestic violence trial in Manchester on August 8.
The 48-year-old former Manchester United star is accused of controlling and coercive behaviour against his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville between August 2017 and November 2020.
Giggs is also accused of assaulting Ms Greville, causing her actual bodily harm, and of the common assault of her younger sister, Emma Greville, at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, on November 1, 2020.
Giggs has denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Robert Page has led Wales to their first World Cup in 64 years in Giggs’ absence and will now take charge in Qatar.
In a lengthy statement, Giggs said it was ‘an honour and a privilege’ to manage Wales but World Cup preparation needed ‘certainty’ – not ‘speculation around the position of their head coach’.
Giggs added he ‘had hoped that the case would have been heard earlier to enable me to resume my managerial responsibilities. Through nobody’s fault the case has been delayed.»
Giggs, who was appointed Wales manager in January 2018, led the Dragons to Euro 2020 – their second major tournament in four years.
But the tournament was delayed 12 months because of the coronavirus pandemic, and Page took charge at last summer’s tournament as Wales reached the last 16.
Giggs had been due to face trial in January but it was put back seven months due to the backlog of court cases following the Covid-19 pandemic. The trial is set to last around two weeks on August 8.
The Football Association of Wales thanked Giggs for his work as Wales manager and said they ‘appreciate the decision he has taken, which is in the best interests of Welsh football.»
Guggs added: «It is my intention to resume my managerial career at a later date and I look forward to watching our national team alongside you in the stands.»