Giggs set to be named Wales manager

Giggs replaces Chris Coleman, who left past year to manage Sunderland after Wales failed to qualify for the World Cup.

Giggs won 64 caps between 1991 and 2007 and captained his country - but he was criticised for regularly pulling out of squads and especially for missing friendly matches.

Giggs said: "There's a conversation to be had".

This will be Giggs's first full-time job as a manager, although he was in caretaker charge of United for four games at the end of the 2013/14 season after David Moyes was sacked.

After his retirement as a player, Giggs was named as assistant manager at United under Louis van Gaal.

He revealed he had sought counsel from another former United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, after being interviewed for the Wales job last week. "We haven't been at a World Cup since 1958 and I want to get this group of players there and be a part of it". Giggs played a record 963 times for Manchester United and became British soccer's most decorated player but has struggled to forge a coaching career, most notably being overlooked for the role as Swansea manager in late 2016.

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Giggs' first game in charge will be in the China Cup tournament against the hosts in Nanning on March 22.

"I am so proud to have been given the honour of managing the national team", Giggs told the official Football Association of Wales website. "But I think that's down to the individual".

Former Manchester United legend Giggs will be installed in the position which was left vacant following the departure of Chris Coleman to Sunderland.

"I'm not on social media so I haven't seen much of the criticism".

Giggs confirmed he had yet to appoint any of his backroom team following a "whirlwind 24 hours", but added: "I've got a few ideas and whoever it will be they will give their all and be professional and organised". 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.

As a proud Welshman watching them in France [when Wales reached the semis], I want to get us back there.

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