Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Ryan Giggs leads the betting to succeed Chris Coleman at Wales

Ryan Giggs leads the betting to succeed Chris Coleman at Wales

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

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

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.

"Chris is his own man and he'll eventually decide what is right for him and for Welsh football, " said Roberts, who has been at Coleman's side since he was appointed Wales manager in January 2012.

The 47-year-old was always planning on ending his time with the Welsh national team at the end of the current campaign, though he had hoped that would be in Russian Federation rather than Cardiff, as his side fell 1-0 at home to Ireland to miss out on a World Cup play-off spot.

Defender Chris Gunter said: "I think everyone in Wales, fans and players, would want to see him stay on - 100 percent".

In a snapshot of his difficulties, he scored a sublime volley on his last outing as Madrid won 3-1 at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, only to then succumb to the 11th calf injury of his time in Spain.

Coleman's two-year contract runs until the end of next month and he had been adamant that the World Cup campaign would be his last, although his stance is thought to have softened recently.

According to Sky, several Wales players are keen for Coleman to continue at the helm and guide them through the EURO 2020 qualifying rounds and through the tournament itself should they qualify.

"There is no doubt that Chris loves this job, he's taken that opportunity and created history, and I'm sure he doesn't want that to end. When the dust settles we'll see where we go".

Next summer's tournament in Russian Federation will mark the 60th anniversary of Wales' only previous finals appearance in Sweden.

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

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