Cole­man hopes to stay on with Wales

Sunderland Echo - - Football -

Chris Cole­man said he hoped he was not man­ag­ing Wales for the fi­nal time af­ter last night’s 1-1 draw with Panama.

Cole­man is set to thrash out his fu­ture in the next week as he re­sumes talks with the FA of Wales over a new deal.

The 47-year-old wants cer­tain guar­an­tees over his back­room staff and it re­mains to be seen whether the FAW will meet those as­sur­ances,

And Cole­man – whose side were de­nied vic­tory in the third minute of stop­page time when Ar­mando Cooper can­celled out Tom Lawrence’s su­per strike – ad­mit­ted he did not know what the fu­ture holds.

“It’s a funny one be­cause I don’t knowwhat’sgo­ing to hap­pen,” Cole­man said. “I hope that’s not go­ing to be the last game. I think I am the man to lead them but it is a bit more to it than that. I told the play­ers that if this is my last ex­pe­ri­ence with them, they have been a plea­sure. We have been through a lot. I hope it is re­solved sooner rather than later.” The fans showed their sup­port for Cole­man from the first minute as they urged the man who guided them to the Euro 2016 semis to stay. “A huge, huge thank you – I ap­pre­ci­ated them singing my name,” he said. Wales gave first starts to Ben Wood­burn, Ethan Am­padu and David Brooks, while hand­ing de­buts to subs Tom Lock­yer, Lee Evans, Ryan Hedges and Mar­ley Watkins.

Cole­man was re­warded with a zest­ful per­for­mance and – af­ter Sam Vokes had his penalty saved – Lawrence put Wales ahead when he cut in from the left. World Cup fi­nal­ists Panama lev­elled when Cooper was slipped through.

“There’s still a lit­tle han­gover be­cause we never got to the play-offs,” added Cole­man.

Scorer: Tom Lawrence.

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