Judge Orders Retrial Of Ex-Man Utd Star Giggs

Former Manchester United star and Wales manager Ryan Giggs arrives at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester on August 8, 2022 at the start of his trial for assaulting his ex-girlfriend. Giggs stands trial on charges of attacking and coercively controlling his ex-girlfriend, in a case that has upended his managerial career. The 48-year-old, who until recently served as coach of the Wales national team, has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which carry a maximum jail term of five years. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP)

 

 

Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs will face a re-trial on domestic violence charges, a UK judge ruled on Wednesday, after a jury last month failed to reach a verdict.

Judge Hilary Manley at Manchester Crown Court set a new trial date of July 31, 2023, after jurors were deadlocked following the initial four-week hearing.

Ex-Wales international Giggs, 48, denied controlling and coercive behaviour against his former girlfriend Kate Greville as well as assaulting her and her younger sister.

Prosecutor Peter Wright told court Wednesday that “we do seek a re-trial in respect of Mr Giggs.

“The matter has been considered at a senior level within the Crown Prosecution Service and also the willingness of the complainant to give evidence.

“They indicate a preparedness so to do.”

Giggs will remain on bail until next year’s trial.

Manley dismissed the jury of seven women and four men in the original trial, which had been given the option of delivering a majority verdict after she determined there was no “realistic prospect” of a decision following almost 23 hours of consideration.

If eventually found guilty, the three counts could lead to a five-year jail term.

Prosecutors alleged that the ex-star headbutted Greville in the face as she tried to end their relationship, and had subjected her to a “litany of abuse, both physical and psychological”.

Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was among those to give evidence in the case, which also saw Giggs take the stand and admit to being unfaithful in all his past romantic relationships but deny ever being violent.

He resigned as the Wales manager in June, after being on leave since his arrest.

Giggs exploded onto the scene as a teenager in the mid-1990s. He ended his career at Old Trafford as the most-decorated player in English football history.

As a player, he made a club-record 963 appearances over 23 years for Manchester United, winning 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.

He began his coaching career at Old Trafford, taking temporary charge at the end of the 2013-14 season after David Moyes was sacked. Giggs then worked as an assistant to Louis van Gaal for two years.

Ex-Man United Star Giggs Goes On Trial For Assault

Former Manchester United star and Wales manager Ryan Giggs arrives at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester on August 8, 2022 at the start of his trial for assaulting his ex-girlfriend. Lindsey Parnaby / AFP

 

Former Manchester United star Ryan Giggs stands trial Monday on charges of attacking and coercively controlling his ex-girlfriend, in a case that has upended his managerial career.

The 48-year-old, who until recently served as coach of the Wales national team, has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which carry a maximum jail term of five years.

The jury trial at a crown court in Manchester was set to open at 10:30 am (0930 GMT), presided over by judge Hilary Manley. It is expected to last 10 days.

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Giggs is charged with assaulting his former girlfriend, PR executive Kate Greville, causing her actual bodily harm on November 1, 2020, when police were called to his home in the Manchester area.

The Welshman is further charged with common assault of her younger sister, Emma Greville, on the same day.

He also faces a charge of controlling and coercive behaviour towards Kate Greville throughout their relationship, which began in 2017 and ended with the alleged assault.

The charge specifies that his behaviour towards Greville, 36, included the use of “isolation, belittling, humiliation, harassment, degradation and abuse”.

Giggs was arrested by police at his home in November 2020 and released on bail.

He has denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty at an initial court appearance in April last year.

His trial was due to be heard in January but it was delayed due to a backlog of court cases caused by the Covid pandemic.

First of two trials

Giggs’s lawyer, Chris Daw, has acted for high-profile sports figures including former England and Chelsea football captain John Terry, who was found not guilty of racially abusing fellow player Anton Ferdinand in 2012.

Giggs resigned as the Wales manager in June, after being on leave since his arrest.

He said he did not want “continued interest around this case” to affect the team as it prepares for this year’s World Cup in Qatar.

He remains on conditional bail, and has said he looks forward to “clearing my name”.

A dazzling teenage talent, Giggs ended his career at Old Trafford as the most-decorated player in English football history.

As a player, Giggs made a club-record 963 appearances over 23 years for Manchester United, winning 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.

He then began his coaching career at Old Trafford, taking temporary charge at the end of the 2013/14 season after David Moyes was sacked before working as an assistant to Louis van Gaal for two years.

Giggs was appointed Wales boss in January 2018 and helped them secure qualification for Euro 2020, just their second major tournament appearance since the 1958 World Cup.

His trial opens shortly before another court case involving a star footballer, Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy.

The Frenchman is set to go on trial on Wednesday in Chester, northwest England, accused of rape and assault in a case involving seven women.

Mendy, who has been suspended by City, denies the allegations.

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Wales Manager Giggs Denies Assault Allegations After Arrest

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Wales manager and Manchester United great Ryan Giggs has denied “all allegations of assault” of his girlfriend Kate Greville after being arrested following reports of a disturbance at his home on Sunday.

The 46-year-old was co-operating with police, according to a statement released by his representative.

“Mr. Giggs denies all allegations of assault made against him,” it read.

“He is cooperating with the police and will continue to assist them with their ongoing investigations.”

The Sun newspaper said police were called to Giggs’s home late on Sunday and he was arrested and questioned on suspicion of actual bodily harm and assault.

The Football Association of Wales issued a statement saying it was “aware of an alleged incident involving the National Team Manager, Ryan Giggs. The FAW will be making no further comment at this current time.”

The Sun quoted a statement from Greater Manchester Police as saying: “Police were called at 10.05 pm on Sunday to reports of a disturbance. A woman in her 30s sustained minor injuries but did not require any treatment.

“A 46-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of section 47 assault and section 39 common assault.”

The FAW canceled a press conference scheduled for Tuesday, where Giggs had been due to name his squad for the friendly against the United States, and Nations League fixtures with the Republic of Ireland and Finland later this month.

Giggs was appointed Wales manager in January 2018 after a stellar playing career in which he won 13 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues, four FA Cups, and three League Cups with Manchester United, and was capped 64 times for Wales.

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Man Utd Should Have Signed Jesus, Mbappe, Says Giggs

Ryan Giggs says he advised Manchester United to sign Gabriel Jesus and Kylian Mbappe before they became stars and believes the club are paying the price for an inconsistent transfer policy.

The United legend joined the club’s backroom staff when his stellar playing career ended in 2014, serving as Louis van Gaal’s assistant after spending a year as player-coach under David Moyes.

And Giggs, who watched Brazilian striker Jesus and France forward Mbappe with a scout during that time, believes the club’s recruitment “could have been better”.

Ryan Giggs. Image: Wikimedia

“I watched Gabriel Jesus play three years ago,” he told Britain’s Times newspaper. “I watched Mbappe for a year. I was watching them with the scout and it was a no-brainer. It was just like, ‘get them’.

“It would have been £5 million ($6.7 million, 5.7 million euros) or something — get them, loan them back — and that’s where the recruitment could have been better.”

Jesus joined Manchester City for a reported £27 million in January while Mbappe swapped Monaco for Paris Saint-Germain this summer, initially on loan but with an option to make the move permanent next summer for a fee of around £166 million.

United, who trail City by 11 points in the Premier League, have spent hundreds of millions of pounds in the transfer market since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 but Giggs believes they do not have enough high-class players to compete with their neighbours.

And the most decorated player in United’s history also thinks some of the players they let go should never have been allowed to leave the club.

“I know what a Manchester United player looks like,” he said.

“There have been a lot who have come through that haven’t been United players and also players who were United and shouldn’t have left.

“I’m talking about Rafael (Da Silva), (Danny) Welbeck, Jonny Evans — players who are United through and through.

“It was hard because Louis had his own ideas and you had to respect that but, yes, we had a few arguments about a couple of them.”

Giggs told the Times he felt he was in with a chance of succeeding Van Gaal as United’s manager but understood the decision to go for Jose Mourinho even though he feels he could have given the club continuity.

“They had fallen down the pecking order, so do they go for someone who — and it winds me up saying this — hasn’t got experience as a manager or do they go for a winner?” said Giggs.

“They went for a winner, in Jose, a win-at-all-costs type of manager. Is Jose a typical Manchester United manager? Probably not, but United were in a situation of ‘how quickly can we get back to the top?’”

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Giggs Rules Himself Out Of Running For Swansea Job

 

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has ruled himself out of the running for the vacant manager’s job at Premier League strugglers Swansea following the dismissal of Paul Clement.

With the Swans looking for a third boss in less than 12 months, Giggs had been talked about in relation with the role along with Ronald Koeman, Tony Pulis and Louis van Gaal.

Giggs was asked if he was interested in managing a club he was linked with before Bob Bradley was appointed in October 2016.

“No. I’ve spoken to them before, last time before they appointed Bob Bradley,” Giggs told Sky Sports.

Giggs said the sales of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente in the summer had weakened the Swansea squad.

“I don’t know, I’m not in the club but obviously over the years (it has been) a really well-run club, (who) play the right way and are an established Premier League team,” said Giggs.

“But it’s tough now, you see the teams down there. It gets tougher each year. They lost good players, didn’t they? They lost Sigurdsson, they lost Llorente, and probably never replaced them. That’s always a problem.”

Giggs served as caretaker boss at Manchester United in 2014 following the sacking of David Moyes and was assistant manager under Van Gaal.

But despite being linked with a number of jobs, he has not managed to find a role since leaving United in 2016.

Clement saved Swansea from relegation after being appointed in January but his departure was confirmed less than 48 hours after the 3-1 loss at Everton on Monday — Swansea’s ninth defeat in 11 games.

Swansea on Thursday announced that long-serving midfielder Leon Britton, who has been part of the coaching staff, had been put in caretaker charge and would oversee Saturday’s match against Crystal Palace.

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Juan Mata To Play Into 40s

Manchester United’s Spanish midfielder Juan Mata warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Newcastle at Old Trafford in Manchester. Photo:
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Juan Mata wants to follow in the footsteps of Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs and play into his forties at Old Trafford.

Manager Jose Mourinho’s arrival in 2016 sparked talk that the 29-year-old could be surplus to requirements because the Portuguese had let him leave Chelsea in January 2014.

However, the Spanish playmaker has become an influential figure under Mourinho, whose side are second in the Premier League table.

Mata’s contract at United runs out at the end of the season. The club hold the option to add a further year and the Spain international is open to discussing a longer stay.

Asked if he can see himself finishing his career at United, Mata told ESPN FC: “Why not? I’m 29 and hopefully I can play football for some more years.

“It would be great to play until I’m 40 like Ryan Giggs. But that’s still a bit far, still 11 years.

“I’m happy here. The club is massive, the support we have is massive. I’ve been settled down in the city since year one. Now it’s my fourth year in Manchester.”

Mata launched his Common Goal project earlier this year that aims to encourage footballers to pledge at least one per cent of their wages to charity.

“I would like to be associated with football somehow,” said Mata, referring to his post-playing career.

“I like the Common Goal initiative, the vision of football as a tool for social change and the power football has to improve the world.

“It might be in that direction and I think I would really enjoy it. I don’t know yet. I have time to think about it.”

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Barry Breaks Giggs’ Premier League Appearance Record

West Bromwich Albion’s English midfielder Gareth Barry (C) runs on the pitch for his 633rd Premier League appearance the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates Stadium in London on September 25, 2017. Ian KINGTON / AFP

Gareth Barry broke Ryan Giggs’ Premier League appearance record as the West Bromwich Albion midfielder played his 633rd game in Monday’s clash against Arsenal.

Barry was named Albion captain at the Emirates Stadium in honour of his milestone moment and received a warm reception from both Arsenal and West Brom fans before kick-off.

The 36-year-old, who drew level with former Manchester United star Giggs when he played in West Brom’s goalless draw against West Ham last weekend, was making his 601st start in the top-flight.

Barry made his debut for Aston Villa at the age of 17, appearing as a substitute in a 3-1 victory at Sheffield Wednesday on May 2, 1998.

It was fitting that his landmark appearance came against the Gunners as their manager Arsene Wenger twice tried to sign him during his long career.

Instead, Barry went on to play for Manchester City, with whom he won the title in 2012, and Everton before joining West Brom on a free transfer this summer.

Now in his 21st season as a professional, Barry, who also has 53 England caps, this week admitted he could carry on playing until he is 40.

That could take him past Giggs again as the Welshman, who played 40 times in the old First Division before the Premier League was introduced in 1992, made 672 top-flight appearances.

England manager Gareth Southgate played alongside Barry at Villa and he led the tributes to his former team-mate.

“It’s been a great honour to watch you both winning titles with your club, and go on to over 50 caps with England, playing in the biggest of games,” Southgate said of Barry.

“I think back to watching for the first time as a young kid at Villa and realising straight away that I was in trouble for my place.

“Thankfully we played three at the back and you were able to play alongside me.

“I wanted to congratulate you on a fantastic achievement. You’ve become a role model on being able to keep playing for so long at such a high level.

“You’re now in the history books and deservedly so. You’ve been undervalued by many for the way that you’ve played.

“Congratulations, enjoy it, and I dare say there’s a few more games in the bag yet.”

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Giggs Tips Barry To Reach 700 Premier League Appearances

Manchester United legend, Ryan Giggs. Image: Wikimedia

Manchester United legend, Ryan Giggs has tipped Gareth Barry to reach 700 Premier League appearances, with the former England midfielder on the brink of matching the Welshman’s all-time record.

Barry is set to equal Giggs’s record of 632 games when West Brom host West Ham on Saturday.

The 36-year-old looked likely to fall short of the mark after losing his starting place at Everton last season, leading to speculation he could drop down to the Championship with former club Aston Villa.

Instead, Barry landed a move to the Hawthorns and is still playing a key role for the Baggies, who sit comfortably in mid-table after an encouraging start to the season.

Giggs, who spent his entire career at Manchester United, played until he was 40 and feels Barry has plenty more left in the tank.

The Welshman, who also made 40 appearances in the old first division, said he admired Barry’s longevity.

“Obviously a lot of things have got to go for you. You’ve got to get picked, and you’ve got to be fit because it’s a lot of games,” he said.

“I don’t know him well but you can see from the outside that he is a good pro, he looks a good player to have within the team and within the squad.

“And he’s not that old. He could go on for another two or three years and maybe get to 700. He’ll break my record and credit to him, records are there to be broken.

“I remember coming up against him as a 17-year-old at Villa. He was a left-back then and he has come on from that talented young player to become a regular Premier League player.”

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Ronaldinho, Giggs Talk Up Pakistan’s Soccer Chances

Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldinho and former Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs joined other international soccer players for a news conference ahead of an exhibition match in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Sunday.

The group, which also included former French players Robert Pires and Nicolas Anelka and former England goalkeeper David James, arrived in Pakistan under tight security on Saturday.

The visitors took part in two seven-a-side exhibition matches, playing in Karachi on Saturday, which Ronaldinho’s team won 2-1, and a second game in Lahore on Sunday.

The teams, led by former Barcelona attacker Ronaldinho and Giggs, consisted of local football talent alongside the former international players.

Giggs told reporters that it was clear young Pakistani fans had a passion for soccer but also said the country needed to grow its footballing infrastructure to improve the quality of the country’s soccer team.

“From the outside, we only knew about Pakistan with cricket but now we know that football is huge here especially with younger generation, and we have seen yesterday while playing the game the desire, the fans, and the young players of Pakistan have to become footballers and the interest in football,” Giggs said.

He added, “”To progress to the next level you need the best coaches in the world to come here and not bring their philosophy but a framework and infrastructure so the Pakistani culture within the people and the football can flourish and become a better association. I think Pakistan is 200th in the world, I heard. So, to bring that down, you need these things.”

On his part, Ronaldhino said, “Firstly, I’d like to thank everyone for the warmth shown to us all. I want to thank you all. We are here to show the future of football here (Pakistan) and that is the objective. We are very happy to be here.”

Gerrard Elated To Be Back With Liverpool

Steven Gerrard, LiverpoolFormer England International, Steven Gerrard, says he is exited to return home and to his former club, Liverpool.

The former captain of the English club, however, said he was also “nervous and anxious” about his impending return to Anfield as a youth coach.

“Liverpool are prepared to help me an awful lot.

“They want to help me to become a better coach or a better manager, but at the same time I’ve got to commit to it and put in the hard work,” the 36-year-old, told BBC.

Gerrard is expected to commence his coaching job with Liverpool in February.

He made his debut for the club in 1998 and retired from playing in 2016.

The former England player made his 500th league appearance for the Reds in a goalless draw against West Brom on 25 April.

The appearance saw him become the third player ever to achieve 500 or more Premier League appearances for one club, after Ryan Giggs and Jamie Carragher.

Swansea City: Giggs, Coleman Leading Candidates To Get Coaching Job

Chris Coleman, Ryan Giggs, Swansea CitySwansea City are keen to have a new manager in place by Monday, as Wales boss Chris Coleman and Ryan Giggs appear to be the leading candidates.

After managing the club for 85 days, Bob Bradley was sacked on Tuesday night, with the Swans 19th in the Premier League.

Giggs, a former Manchester United star, was interviewed twice before Bradley’s appointment in October.

Former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson, erstwhile Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew and former Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett are also in the frame.

However, Bradley’s permanent successor is not expected to take charge before they host Bournemouth on New Year’s Eve.

Swansea City, Bob Bradley, West Ham
Bob Bradley

The Swans said on their website that the American’s departure followed the disappointing 4-1 Boxing Day defeat to West Ham at the Liberty Stadium.

Bradley had 11 games at the helm after replacing Francesco Guidolin on October 3.

But with the Swans currently in the relegation zone on 12 points, the club felt it needed a change after the 58-yeard-old picked up just two wins and two draws during his stint in charge, with 29 goals conceded along the way.

Mourinho Ready For Manchester United Tasks

Jose Mourinho, Manchester UnitedThe newly signed Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has expressed readiness to help the Red Devils overcome their recent setbacks.

The Portuguese, who was speaking during an interview told the club’s website the he feels great and thinks he is in the right moment of his career.

“I could say I am happy, I am proud, I am honoured, I am everything but the reality is what I love is to work and I cannot wait for 7th of July to go on the pitch,” he said.

He said his ambition for United was to ignore the club’s performance in the last three years and focus on the giant club he has in his hands.

“I want to focus on the history of this giant club and give what I have and what I don’t have.

“So I will give absolutely everything to try to go in the direction we all want,” he promised.

Mourinho was appointed Manchester United manager on Thursday after signing his contract at a central London hotel.

He was Chelsea’s coach between 2004 – 2007 before he left for Inter Milan and Real Madrid and subsequently returned to coach the Blues between 2013 – 2015.

The 53-year-old is regarded by a number of players and other football stakeholders as one of the most successful managers in the world.

He was named the best Portuguese Coach of the Century by the Portuguese Football Federation in 2015.