Friday 22 February 2019

Giggs determined to silence doubters

Wales manager Ryan Giggs
Wales manager Ryan Giggs

New Wales manager Ryan Giggs has vowed to silence his doubters "by winning games".

Giggs was unveiled as Chris Coleman's successor at a Vale of Glamorgan press conference yesterday afternoon after agreeing a four-year deal to take in the 2020 European Championship and 2022 World Cup tournaments.

But despite being the most decorated player in English football after an illustrious career at Manchester United, Giggs' appointment has not been universally welcomed by Wales fans.

Giggs captained Wales and won 64 caps in a career which stretched from 1991 to 2007, but his commitment to his country was regularly questioned as he did not play an international friendly until 2000.

Asked how he would win the sceptics over, Giggs said: "I'll do that by winning games. As long as we're winning games those questions won't come up.

"But I recognise the question, it's up to me to give it my all and I will. I played 64 times for my country - 65 if you count the game against the Basques, when I scored the winner - and I will be same manager as I was a player.

"I will bring professionalism and organisation and have a bit of fun along the way.

"When I played for my country I give it my all. I loved playing for my country and now it's probably the proudest moment of my life to lead the Welsh nation into the Euros and the World Cup.

"We've not qualified for a World Cup since 1958, I want to get this group of players there and to be part of it."

Giggs spent four games in interim charge of United at the end of the 2013-14 season following the sacking of David Moyes.

But Wales represents his first permanent job in management after he missed out on the Swansea post in October 2016.

He succeeds Coleman, who guided Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 - the country's first major tournament for 58 years - but has yet to decide on the make-up of his backroom staff.

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