Coleman hopes to stay on with Wales
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.