Wales play­ers want Cole­man to stay un­til 2020, says Bale

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Football - By Jeremy Wil­son DEPUTY FOOT­BALL COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Gareth Bale has urged Chris Cole­man to stay on with Wales un­til at least 2020 after join­ing a group of se­nior play­ers who made rep­re­sen­ta­tions to their man­ager fol­low­ing Monday’s World Cup exit.

The Real Madrid for­ward rates Cole­man as one of the best man­agers he has worked with and the squad want to en­sure that Cole­man is aware they want him to re­con­sider a pre­vi­ous pre­dic­tion that this would be his last cam­paign.

De­fender Chris Gunter yes­ter­day de­scribed the 47-year-old as “the great­est Wales man­ager of all time” while Cole­man’s as­sis­tant, Osian Roberts, told him that he al­ready has the “dream” job of man­ag­ing his coun­try. The view of Bale, though, could be cru­cial given how hav­ing a man­ager who can max­imise his tal­ents is so vi­tal to fu­ture chances of suc­cess.

“Of course we want him to stay,” said Bale. “What he has done for the team and Welsh foot­ball has been amaz­ing. He couldn’t have taken on the job at a more dif­fi­cult time and what we’ve achieved since then has been amaz­ing.

“We don’t want to keep on look­ing back at the Euros, but for ev­ery­one it was in­cred­i­ble to be a part of that and we all want that again. It won’t be easy but Chris is the man who can keep us fo­cused and pos­i­tive and show us how to get the results we need.”

Cole­man’s con­tract ex­pires in Novem­ber when Wales are likely to play friendly matches against as yet un­named op­po­nents. The FAW ex­pects Cole­man to take charge of those games but is putting no pres­sure on him to hold talks over his fu­ture. Qual­i­fi­ca­tion for Euro 2020 does not start un­til Septem­ber 2018.

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