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Ryan Giggs named as new manager of Wales

Giggs’ first game in charge will be in the 2018 China Cup against the hosts on 22 March. Photo: PA

Ryan Giggs is the new manager of Wales, the Football Association of Wales has announced.

Giggs has been named Chris Coleman's successor who spent nearly six years as Wales manager before leaving to take over Sky Bet Championship strugglers Sunderland in November.

The former Manchester United man won 64 caps for Wales between 1991 and 2007. He has been out of football for 18 months since leaving the coaching staff at United following Jose Mourinho's appointment as manager.

Giggs is set to face the media at a 2pm press conference at Hensol Castle.

Giggs has been the clear favourite for the role since he declared his interest in the job last month, saying: ''I've played for Wales and I've said that I want to go back into coaching.

''Obviously that is one of the top jobs.''

Coleman spent nearly six years as Wales manager. Credit: PA

This will be Giggs' first permanent job in management, although he was in interim charge at Manchester United for four games at the end of the 2013-14 season after David Moyes was sacked.

Giggs was interviewed for the Wales job last week, as was his former international team-mate Craig Bellamy and Osian Roberts, who was Chris Coleman's former assistant and the FAW's technical director.

Former Wales defender Mark Bowen was also interviewed after leaving his role as Stoke's assistant manager a few days earlier.

Giggs' contract, which Press Association Sport understands will take in the Euro 2020 and 2022 World Cup campaigns, was tied up over the weekend.

The FAW was keen to make the appointment before the UEFA Nations League draw, which takes place in Switzerland on January 24.

Giggs’ first game in charge will be in the 2018 China Cup against the hosts on 22 March.