Ryan Giggs will be a judge as Wales Manager and he is determined to win over his Wales doubters after acknowledging that the 2020 European Championship campaign will define his time as national team manager.
Wales start their European Qualifiers at home to Slovakia on Sunday after Wednesday’s friendly with Trinidad & Tobago, with both games.
The jury is still out on Giggs’ 14 months in charge since he succeeded Chris Coleman, he has three wins, one draw and five defeats from his nine games in charge but Giggs has fast-tracked an exciting group of young players into the senior set-up.
According to Giggs, he said: “People do expect (qualification), understandably because of what we achieved at Euro 2016. But it’s been once in 60 years, so we don’t qualify on a regular basis.
“That’s what my job is now to qualify or at least compete, we didn’t qualify for the World Cup, but we competed. In the past, we nearly got somewhere and in the next campaign, we were nowhere near.
“We want to be competing or getting close on a consistent basis. If we do that then we will get to more championships than not”
Giggs’ commitment – or the perceived lack of it – has attracted criticism from some quarters in Wales given his ambassadorial, business and consultancy interests around the world.
The 45-year-old is involved with a football academy in Vietnam and is also an ambassador for the Champions League, as well as holding various commercial interests.
“I’ve been to Vietnam, which gives me five days on the grass coaching, and I was in South Africa for three days as an ambassador for the Champions League.
“Yes, I’ve got other commitments that the FAW (Football Association of Wales) knew before I took over.
Giggs further said that his primary job is to get Wales to a European Championship.