Many football fans may be wondering why Wales manager Ryan Giggs is not involved during Euro 2020, and why interim boss Rob Page is the one with the reins.

Former Manchester United player Giggs, 47, has stood aside from Wales management duties after being charged with allegedly assaulting his ex-partner and alleged coercive control.

He is not involved with Wales because those proceedings have not concluded, with his trial not due for another seven months.

The Wales men's football manager, appointed on a four-year contract in January 2018, was arrested in November 2020, before the Crown Prosecution Service brought charges in April 2021 following an investigation by Greater Manchester Police.

Giggs faces charges of coercive or controlling behaviour, causing actual bodily harm, and assault by beating. His trial is set to begin on January 24, 2022, at Manchester Crown Court.

He issued a statement indicating his intention to deny the charges in court, adding that he looked forward to clearing his name, but was unable to enter pleas to the charges at his first court appearance as the prosecution were yet to finalise the particulars of the coercive and controlling behaviour charge.

Giggs, of Worlsey, Greater Manchester, is next due in court for a plea and trial preparation hearing on July 23.

He is accused of subjecting his former partner Katie Greville to "isolation, belittling, humiliation, harassment, degradation and abuse" during their relationship between September 1, 2017, and November 2, 2020.

He is also accused of assaulting Ms Greville and her sister Emma Greville following an incident at his home in Greater Manchester on November 1, 2020.

A hearing at Manchester Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, April 28, heard there was an alleged domestic assault involving a "deliberate headbutt" aggravated by the fact he was "in drink". The court also heard there was "fear of violence on many occasions".

Giggs won 64 caps for Wales and had a glittering playing career with Manchester United, winning 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League trophies, four FA Cups and three League Cups. He is also a co-owner of League Two side Salford City.

Rob Page acting as interim Wales manager

In Giggs' absence during Euro 2020, postponed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, 41-cap ex-Wales footballer Rob Page has stepped up as interim manager.

Prior to Euro 2020, the Rhondda native has taken charge of eight Wales matches since Giggs was arrested - and in that time, Wales have won four matches, drawn two and lost two.

Ahead of Wales' Euros opener against Switzerland on Saturday, June 12, Page revealed that Giggs had sent a 'good luck' message to the camp.

"Yes, absolutely," he said.

"He's a friend at the end of the day. Forget manager, assistant manager, assistant coach, he's a friend. Of course, I have been in touch and he wishes us all the best," said Page when asked if the former Manchester United winger had been in contact.

"He sent well wishes and he is fully supportive behind the team. Like anyone watching back home, he's a supporter."

Page faces a tough ask in trying to ensure Wales progress to the knockout stages of the European Championship after Group A pool matches against Switzerland, Turkey and Italy.