Ryan Giggs has been appointed the new manager of the Welsh national team on a four year contract, taking over from Chris Coleman.
The 44-year-old had a spell as interim manager at Manchester United in 2014 following the departure of David Moyes, he then worked as assistant to Louis van Gaal at United for the following two campaigns.
However he has been without a club since leaving his role in United’s backroom staff when Jose Mourinho joined in 2016. Having lost out on the Swansea job to Bob Bradley back in 2016, this will be Giggs’ first management role,
Giggs who spent his entire 24-year playing career at United, made 64 appearances for Wales from 1991-2007.
Coleman’s assistant Osian Roberts and Mark Bowen were also interviewed along with former Wales striker Craig Bellamy, who it was said also impressed during the interviews.
Following Wales narrow miss to qualify for the World Cup this summer, Wales manager Chris Coleman turned down the offer of a new deal and instead favoured a return to club management with Sunderland.
The Football Association of Wales (FAW) confirmed the appointment on social media and in a statement Giggs said: “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.”
FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford said: “With his vast amount of experience having played, coached and managed the biggest club in the world, we are confident of a successful future for our national team.”
Giggs was officially unveiled as the new manager Monday afternoon, before speaking to the media about his new appointment.