COACH Robert Page will now lead the Wales national team’s campaign for the Euro 2021 finals after head coach, Ryan Giggs, was indicted on charges of assaulting two women on November 1st last year.
Page has been Giggs’ assistant for the past two years.
Football Association of Wales (FAW) Board is expected to convene another meeting by the end of this month to discuss how Giggs tragedy affects the relationship between the federation and the national team.
In addition, the 47-year-old former footballer is facing charges of disorderly conduct. After the indictment, Giggs said: “I respect the whole legal process and I understand the seriousness of the charges against me. I will not admit any wrongdoing in court and will look forward to ‘clearing’ my name. ”
Giggs played for Wales national team 64 times before retiring from international football in 2007. He was handed the reigns of the Wales camp in January 2018 and led the team to qualification for the Euro 2020 finals which were later postponed to 2021 due to the corona virus pandemic.
In early April 2021, FAW President Kieran O’Connor said the federation had a plan to promote Page as head coach if Giggs missed out on a chance to lead the squad to the Euro finals.
Page, a former Wales national team captain, has been Giggs’ assistant since August 2019 and has led the squad to complete the Nations League campaign at the top of their group since taking over in November 2020.
Written by Gideon Kipkorir