Ryan Giggs takes a Sunday stroll with his pet pooch – after his trial was delayed until August

Ryan Giggs spent some downtime walking his pet pooch in Cheshire on Sunday.

The retired Manchester United footballer, who now manages Wales’ national team, adopted a laidback figure in a dark gray hoodie, black jeans and trainers.

The outing comes amid legal woes, as the former sportsman, 48, is due to stand trial in August after being accused of controlling and coercing his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville.

Laidback: Ryan Giggs took a Sunday stroll with his pet pooch in Cheshire – after his trial for ‘controlling and coercing his ex’ was delayed for seven months until August

As his beloved pet walked contentedly beside him, Ryan appeared engrossed in his phone.

The Cardiff native sported a pair of sunglasses for his light exercise and maintained a pensive expression.

At the end of July, a court heard that Ryan allegedly kicked his former girlfriend Kate, 36, in the back before throwing her out of a five-star hotel bedroom naked after she accused him of flirting with other women.

Dog walk: The retired Manchester United footballer, who now manages Wales' national team, adopted a laidback figure in a dark gray hoodie, black jeans and trainers

Fresh air: Ryan spent some downtime with his furry friend

Dog walk: The retired Manchester United footballer, 48, who now manages Wales’ national team, adopted a laidback figure in a dark gray hoodie, black jeans and trainers

Scrolling: The Cardiff native sported a pair of sunglasses for his light exercise and maintained a pensive expression

Scrolling: The Cardiff native sported a pair of sunglasses for his light exercise and maintained a pensive expression

Outing: As his beloved pet walked contentedly beside him, Ryan appeared engrossed in his phone

Outing: As his beloved pet walked contentedly beside him, Ryan appeared engrossed in his phone

Ryan is also accused of head-butting Kate and controlling and coercive behavior against her lasting more than three years.

He allegedly assaulted his former lover and caused his actual bodily harm at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, on November 1 2020.

The football coach is also charged with common assault by beating against Ms Grenville’s sister Emma Greville during the same incident at his home.

Manchester Crown Court heard the alleged controlling or coercive behavior took place between August 2017 and November 2020 the details of which were set out by prosecutor Tim Evans.

Ryan, who denies all three charges, spoke only to confirm his name and enter not guilty pleas from the dock during the 33-minute hearing.

Court: The outing outing comes amid legal woes, as the former sportsman is due to stand trial in August after being accused of controlling and coercing his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville (pictured July 2021)

Court: The outing outing comes amid legal woes, as the former sportsman is due to stand trial in August after being accused of controlling and coercing his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville (pictured July 2021)

Lisa Roberts QC, defending, said: ‘These are serious allegations each of which is challenged.’ The court also heard that there’s an ongoing civil case involving ownership of the couple’s dog.

At an earlier hearing at Manchester Magistrates’ Court, prosecutor Andrea Griffiths said the assault charge against Kate was an alleged domestic assault involving a ‘deliberate headbutt’ aggravated by the fact Giggs was ‘in drink’.

‘He was charged with offenses in April and he issued a statement at the time, saying: ‘I have full respect for the due process of law and understand the seriousness of the allegations. I will plead not guilty in court and look forward to clearing my name.’

Claims: At the end of July, a court heard that Ryan allegedly kicked his former girlfriend Kate, 36, in the back before throwing her out of a five-star hotel bedroom naked after she accused him of flirting with other women

Claims: At the end of July, a court heard that Ryan allegedly kicked his former girlfriend Kate, 36, in the back before throwing her out of a five-star hotel bedroom naked after she accused him of flirting with other women

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) later announced it had noted the decision of The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to charge Giggs and caretaker boss Robert Page would manage the country at the European Championship finals.

The former Manchester United midfielder was bailed and appeared at a pre-trial hearing on October 8. His conditions of bail are that he must not contact Kate or Emma Greville or go to any address where they are.

Ryan’s hearing had been fixed for January at Manchester Crown Court but no courtroom at the venue was available to take the case.

Alleged: Ryan is also accused of head-butting Kate and controlling and coercive behavior against her lasting more than three years

Alleged: Ryan is also accused of head-butting Kate and controlling and coercive behavior against her lasting more than three years

Judge Hilary Manley explained: ‘Unfortunately it has become necessary to vacate this trial from the list. The reason for this is because there is not a court available to accommodate this trial.

‘Due to the large backlog of court cases which has been exacerbated by the pandemic and the need for social distancing, this is a situation which is a daily reality for the criminal courts.’

Chris Daw QC, representing Giggs, said: ‘I have of course explained the situation to him and he is extremely disappointed at the development. He is grateful efforts have been made to fix the earliest possible new date.’

Delayed: Ryan's hearing had been fixed for January at Manchester Crown Court but no courtroom at the venue was available to take the case

Delayed: Ryan’s hearing had been fixed for January at Manchester Crown Court but no courtroom at the venue was available to take the case

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