Rob Page to stand in for Ryan Giggs at World Cup draw

Wales interim boss Rob Page will conduct World Cup draw duties for national team next week… as Ryan Giggs continues to be kept out of the spotlight amid investigation into alleged assault of his girlfriend

  • Wales interim boss Robert Page will conduct World Cup draw duties next week
  • Giggs was arrested in November on suspicion of assaulting his girlfriend
  • Page took charge of Wales’ fixtures in November in the manager’s absence

Caretaker manager Rob Page will conduct Wales’ World Cup draw media duties with uncertainty remaining over the future of Ryan Giggs.

Page was in interim charge last month as Wales beat the Republic of Ireland and Finland to secure promotion to the top tier of the Nations League and confirm their place in Pot 2 of Monday’s World Cup qualifying draw in Switzerland. 

Giggs was absent for Wales’ November games after being arrested on suspicion of assaulting his girlfriend at his Manchester home on November 1.

Wales interim boss Rob Page will stand in for Ryan Giggs at the World Cup draw next week

Giggs was absent for Wales’ November games after being arrested on suspicion of assaulting his girlfriend at his Manchester home on November 1 

The 47-year-old, who denies all allegations of assault, has been rebailed until February 1 amid an ongoing Greater Manchester Police investigation.

Giggs was in regular contact with Page and the rest of the coaching staff during last month’s camp and it is understood the former Manchester United star has since spoken to Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford.

But it is understood Giggs’ future will not be determined until the outcome of the GMP investigation.

Page took charge as Wales secured promotion to the top tier of the Nations League and confirmed their place in Pot 2 of Monday’s draw

Giggs was appointed Wales boss in January 2018, his first permanent managerial role after a stellar playing career which saw him make a record 963 first-team appearances for Manchester United and become the most decorated player in the history of the Premier League.

He guided Wales to the 2020 European Championships and was heavily involved in preparations for next summer’s delayed tournament before his arrest.

Wales’ next games are in March when UEFA’s qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar gets underway.




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