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Is Ryan Giggs The Right Appointment For The Wales National Team?

Well, well, well... Ryan Giggs has been confirmed as the new Wales manager. Plenty of fans were calling for Mark Hughes to take over at the helm but the Welsh FA have opted for Giggs. Will that turn out to be the best decision? Only time will tell as Wales start to focus on qualifying for the 2020 European Championships.

Born in Cardiff, Giggs should be a popular choice but some have questioned his loyalty to the nation – something that stems back to his playing days at Manchester United. When it came to committing himself to the Welsh national side, some fans believe that he did not give 100% to the cause - although, his 64 caps would suggest otherwise.

Wales missed out on qualification for this summer's World Cup but that gives Giggs and his backroom staff two years to build a squad that can challenge on the international stage. If Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey can stay fit, Wales will always stand a chance of victory and Giggs will try to take inspiration from his former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson in terms of style.

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Given the chance to rebuild, Wales could challenge for European glory – just as they did two years ago in France. Chris Coleman's side reached the semi-finals of that tournament and it will be tough for Giggs to emulate that achievement in his first major competition as a head coach. With a few years of experience under his belt, you never know though...

Had Wales managed to defeat the Republic of Ireland, we probably wouldn't have needed to discuss a new Welsh manager. Ireland were subsequently beaten by Denmark in the playoffs and the Danes will now go up against France, Australia, and Peru in the group stages this summer. At the time of writing, William Hill have Denmark at 100/1 to win the World Cup – Wales may have fared better than their European counterparts.

Giggs will be keeping a close eye on a few of Wales' fringe players throughout the rest of the top flight season; we could see a few debutants break into the side in any upcoming fixtures for the national side. Ben Woodburn, a highly touted youngster currently at Liverpool, and Chelsea defender Ethan Ampadu are just two of Wales' most promising young stars; as is David Brooks.

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During Giggs' playing days, Wales were a relatively weak footballing nation but most of the current squad now ply their trade in the Premier League. Welsh football is still on the up and, while their latest World Cup setback was disappointing, it shouldn't hinder Wales in their bid to shine at Euro 2020, especially as the man himself has promised a little bit of fun whilst in charge.

Ryan Giggs may not have immediate success as Wales manager but he has the knowledge and football nous to lead the nation to big things in the future. Supported by the world-class Gareth Bale and creative talent Aaron Ramsey, Giggs' Wales can hit new heights on the international stage. At the very least, Giggs deserves a chance to prove his worth now that he has actually been given the job.

 

 

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