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Rob Page opens up on taking over from Ryan Giggs and Wales’ Euro 2020 hopes

Rob Page aims to keep Wales motoring at full-throttle after taking the wheel for the Euros and vowing to go his own way.

Former Wales skipper Page was promoted last November from his FAW coaching role to interim charge of the national team when Ryan Giggs was arrested.

Manchester United legend Giggs has since appeared infront of magistrates over three criminal charges including alleged attacks on two women.

Giggs helped pick the side for the last six games when Page was in the dug-out as Wales lost just once.

But now Page has confirmed he will be making his own decisions as Wales’ boss for this summer’s tournament.

He explained: “What it does do is give clarity to everybody involved to know that I am in charge.

Rob Page has lost just one of six games as Wales caretaker

“I am going to throw myself into it.

“It is difficult circumstances, there’s no hiding from that.

“Finally and thankfully we are all clear in what’s going to happen, Ryan included, and we can focus on the job in hand – preparing a team for the Euros.

“With regards to decisions and finalising things that will be me, but what Ryan has said is that if I need any advice he’s always going to be there.

“I will be making the decisions moving forward though.

Ryan Giggs has not been on active duty with Wales since his November arrest

“Everyone knows exactly where we stand. If people want to see me as a manager then great.

“But from the players’ point of view I’m still Pagey.

“I spoke to some of the senior players. They have not let outside influences affect them and have been calm through the process.

“I hope we don’t take our foot off the gas and relax.

“We up the intensity if anything and get them ready mentally and physically.”

Page has confirmed Kit Symons has also joined Wales coaching staff ahead of this summer.

Chris Coleman and coach Kit Symons
Kit Symons worked for Wales under former boss Chris Coleman

The Euro 2016 semi-finalists aim make an impact again in Group A against Switzerland, Turkey and Italy.

They expect the injured quartet of Joe Allen, Aaron Ramsey, Ben Davies and David Brooks to all be available.

Some of the squad facing uncertain futures will have an extra incentive to impress.

Harry Wilson has already admitted he is desperate to woo suitors and parent club Liverpool who sent him on loan to Championship Cardiff.

While captain Gareth Bale and midfielder Aaron Ramsey could also be on the move from Real Madrid and Juventus respectively.

Page added: “First and foremost , playing for your country is the best thing as a professional footballer.

“Then you have your individual reasons for wanting to do well, of course you do.

“We all want to play at the top and have the best careers we possibly can as players.

“From a selfish point of view Harry is going to want to have a good summer and put his name out there and be recognised.

“He is one of many who will have that same attitude.”

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