Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

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

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

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.

Having turned 28 in July, and with his fortunes tied to a country that last qualified for the World Cup in 1958, Bale has missed out on his best chance of playing at football's biggest event.

That is the view of Coleman's assistant Osian Roberts after Wales' players urged their manager to stay on despite their failure to qualify for next year's World Cup finals in Russian Federation.

Coleman said he was unable to give an answer one way or another on his future after the match but Bale hopes the 47-year-old continues beyond the end of his contract, which expires in November.

There were high hopes that Wales would go on to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation but that would not be the case.

Wales Sports Association CEO Jonathan Ford feels the same as the players and will offer Coleman a new contract to extend his working relationship with the Welsh national team.

"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".

"But we will take a little bit of time to gather our thoughts because this [going out of the World Cup] was the furthest thing from our mind".

He was the undisputed figurehead of Wales's successful qualifying campaign for Euro 2016 and then starred with three goals as Chris Coleman's side confounded every expectation by reaching the semi-finals in France.

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

'We want him to stay because what he's given this nation is something that has never been done before.

"He's taken that opportunity and created history, and I'm sure he doesn't want that to end".

"There's certainly more success on the horizon for this group of players".

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