Wales players want Coleman to stay until 2020, says Bale
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.