Coleman wants long-term thinking

Wales boss Chris Coleman feels the FAW would be guilty of short-termism if they withdrew the offer of a new contract.

Last Updated: 11/09/13 at 16:05 Post Comment

Chris Coleman: Under pressure as Wales boss

Chris Coleman: Under pressure as Wales boss

Under-pressure Chris Coleman knows his Wales side simply cannot afford to lose next month's home World Cup qualifier against Macedonia as questions are raised about the decision to offer him a new contract.

Coleman has agreed terms on a new two-year contract with the Football Association of Wales, although he has yet to put pen to paper, which will see him through the Euro 2016 qualification process.

But Wales are languishing at the foot of World Cup qualifying Group A following Tuesday's 3-0 defeat by Serbia, having won just two of their eight fixtures to date.

However, there is currently no suggestion from the FAW that it is planning to withdraw the offer, or delay Coleman's signing of the deal until after Wales complete their World Cup campaign against Macedonia and Belgium next month.

Coleman himself has said such a move would represent short-termism from the association.

He said: "That's short-term thinking isn't it? If we are talking about judging someone over two games, that's short term.

"Take this game away from it, before Macedonia everything is agreed and we played well in Macedonia without the result. They (the FAW) have to look at it as a whole and towards the future.

"I know football is short term and that's the way it's gone, it's the same for everyone. But up until this game we've been playing well and progressing."

He added: "You have to look at facts as well. We don't have a squad where we can miss four or five of our best players like Joe Allen, Ashley Williams, Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey. But for us, they've never all been on the pitch together.

"If that continues, with another man in charge, I don't see how there will be any difference. What I'm saying is, with this group, when all the players are fit, whoever is in charge, this group can do good things."

But Coleman knows a bad result against Macedonia next time out would be a crushing blow for him and his team who, despite the sense of gloom, could yet finish third in the group and secure a better seeding for the Euros.

Coleman said "We can't finish bottom can we? We don't want to be finishing bottom.

"But football changes quickly. Before these two games we were positive and looking to finish as high as we can, now we don't want to finish bottom, we need to get off the bottom.

"I probably can't afford to lose to Macedonia. I think it's one of those games where you find out about people.

"We need to win against Macedonia, the crowd will demand we attack and go and win the game. That will test all of us.

"We won't change our style, we'll be patient, and we've got players who suit a certain philosophy. But we have to win, we need to get some pride back."

But Coleman also hinted there are aspects of his job he will look to change going forward, although he did not expand on what those areas were.

He said: "I've been honest before: the first 12 months in the job, I didn't like it at all.

"Now, there are parts I'd like to change, things I want to change, I'm not entirely happy with everything, but the last 12 months have been better and I have seen progress up until this game.

"What do you do? I can't throw my toys out because I'm getting criticism and pressure; I've never ever shied away from a challenge, as a player or manager.

"I wouldn't want to walk away from this group of players because they are a good set.

"There are one or two things I'd change about the group, which will happen, but on the whole I see them as a good group of players and I think having a clean run at it they will be a lot better next time around, that's for sure."


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