Daniel James backs janitor boss Robert Page to lead Wales this summer if Ryan Giggs wouldn’t be able to take charge, with Man United legend on bail for six weeks before their campaign begins after his arrest on charges of assault
- Daniel James has backed Robert Page to take charge of Wales at Euro 2020
- Manager Ryan Giggs was absent from the last two camps in Wales
- The former Manchester United winger was arrested on charges of assault
- Giggs has denied the charges and has extended his bail until May 1
- Caretaker boss Page has won four and drawn one of six games in Giggs’s absence
Daniel James has backed Robert Page to take charge of Wales at Euro 2020, should Ryan Giggs’s position not be resolved by then.
Manager Giggs was absent from the last two camps in Wales after being arrested on suspicion of assault.
Giggs has denied the charges and has extended his bail until May 1 – just six weeks before Wales starts their Euro 2020 campaign against Switzerland in Baku.
Robert Page (L) of Wales has won four and drawn one of six matches in the absence of Ryan Giggs (R)
Daniel James has backed Page to lead Wales at Euros if Giggs’s position is not resolved
Page has won four and drawn one of six games in Giggs’s absence, with Tuesday’s 1-0 home win over the Czech Republic kicking off their World Cup qualifying campaign after an opening defeat against group favorites Belgium.
“He’s incredible,” winger James said of Page after his first senior football header secured Wales’ victory late in Cardiff.
‘He’s been great and he took the part really well. He and Albert (Stuivenberg, Page’s assistant) are incredibly capable of communicating things to us. You can see that in the game. ‘
Asked if Page could get up if Giggs was absent this summer, James said, “Yeah, sure.
Whether he’s the manager or not, he’s been such a big part of the time the gaffer was here. But he took the part so well. Actually nothing has changed.
“He just did the job he did before. He gets the points over us so well.
“He, Albert and all the staff behind him were incredible.”
James ‘first senior goal in senior football secured Wales’ Czech victory this week
James acknowledged that Wales could not afford another slip in a qualifying group of five teams, which includes Belarus and Estonia.
The 3-1 away defeat against Belgium last Wednesday had put pressure on Wales at an early stage.
But Saturday’s draw in Prague between the Czech Republic and Belgium was a positive result for Wales – and the Dragons’ next two games in September make their way to Belarus and home to Estonia.
James said, “It’s a huge win. Going home with one point or no points would have been disappointing for all of us.
‘We wanted to finish this camp on a high level, and we had to do it to keep up with those teams.
Wales won 1-0 on Tuesday after an opening defeat against group favorite Belgium last week
‘We are now just one point from them (Czech Republic). It’s a big win for us and we keep our heads high. ‘
The run-up to the game in the Czech Republic got confused when Hal Robson-Kanu, Rabbi Matondo and Tyler Roberts were sent home on Monday.
The Football Association of Wales said the trio had violated its protocols, but Page seemed to suggest after the Czech victory that the three players would be available for Euro 2020, saying that ‘everyone is on an equal footing’.
Page said, “We’ve crossed a line and everyone is on an equal footing.
The incident that happened will stay in the house. We’ve got it covered and we’re moving forward. ‘
Asked if Page could get up if Giggs was absent this summer, James said, ‘Yeah, sure’
Page admitted that he would have taken three points from the first qualifying matches in Wales, including a trip to the world’s No. 1 team and beating Belarus 8-0 on Tuesday to gain a three-point lead in the group.
He said, ‘As we entered the camp greedily, we wanted four points (out of the two games), but we would have absolutely scored three points at the start.
‘Certainly after the result we had last week and with the Czech Republic it signed with Belgium.
“We knew that a victory would put us in a nice place in the group and we absolutely succeeded.”