Wales appoint Giggs

15 January 2018 08:58:07 EST

Ryan Giggs has been appointed as the new manager of Wales on a four-year contract.

The former winger won 64 caps for his country, and played a leading role as they narrowly missed out on a place at Euro 2004 under Mark Hughes.

However, it was at club level where he thrived, enjoying a 23-year career with Manchester United, winning a pair of Champions League trophies, as well as 13 league titles.

I can't wait to start working with the players.

Ryan Giggs

After hanging up his boots in 2014, he joined Louis van Gaal's coaching staff and worked as an assistant during the Dutchman's two-year tenure at Old Trafford.

He has since been featuring as a television pundit but has made no secret of his desire to get into coaching and was previously linked with a number of vacancies.

Chris Coleman's departure in November has led the FAW to undertake an extensive search and a series of ex-players are believed to have been interviewed.

They have now settled on Giggs and his first game will be in the China Cup against the hosts on March 22.

The 44-year-old's immediate goal will be to qualify for Euro 2020 and he admits he is excited about the challenge ahead.

Giggs told the FAW: "I am so proud to have been given the honour of managing the National Team. The challenges that we have ahead of us with the Nations League and qualification for UEFA EURO 2020 excite me a great deal.

"I can't wait to start working with the players as we prepare for those crucial games later in the year."

Wales are 40/1 to win Euro 2020, with England 12/1.

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