Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Wales stars urge Chris Coleman to stay on despite World Cup agony

Wales stars urge Chris Coleman to stay on despite World Cup agony

Gareth Bale has urged Chris Coleman to stay on as Wales manager despite the team suffering World Cup heartache.

"If the powers that be can give him a really good contract and make him stay he can carry on being the greatest Welsh manager of all time".

Sidelined by the latest in a succession of calf injuries, Bale could only watch forlornly from the stands at Cardiff City Stadium on Monday as Ireland's 1-0 win gave them a World Cup play-off berth at Wales's expense.

The 47-year-old said in the immediate aftermath of the Ireland defeat he would hold talks with the FAW over his future.

'He's been a massive part of what we have done and he is the man to hopefully take us forward.

Welsh legend Ryan Giggs has been installed as the 4/1 favourite to replace Coleman should the long-serving boss leave his post, although it's unlikely the Welsh FA will want to gamble on someone with zero managerial experience.

"The players coming through will strengthen what we have, that excites him and is obviously a major factor. Everything was geared towards next summer".

Monday's game saw a Gareth Bale-less Wales lose to a James McClean second half victor, which meant they failed to qualify for next summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

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Bale is known to be a fan of Coleman and echoed Roberts' sentiments when asked about his national team boss at the start of June.

It is believed that the players and the Football Association of Wales want Coleman to stay.

"I will take some time to let the dust settle, we will sit down and have a chat and take it from there".

Coleman said after Wales had reached the semifinals of Euro 2016 that the 2018 World Cup campaign would be his last in charge.

But his stance appears to have softened and he may be open to leading Wales in their bid to qualify for Euro 2020.

"Whatever decision he makes it's going to be a very hard one, but this is the dream job managing your country".

"This was our first defeat at home for four years".

"What we've got in the dressing room the opportunity is there for Chris or whoever else to take this team onwards, " Roberts said.

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