Chris Coleman staying with Wales

Chris Coleman will remain in charge of Wales after reportedly signing a contract extension with the Football Association of Wales.

Last Updated: 15/11/13 at 13:05 Post Comment   

Chris Coleman: Continues as Wales manager

Chris Coleman: Continues as Wales manager

Chris Coleman will lead Wales into their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign after the saga over his contract extension was finally resolved.

It is understood the 43-year-old has put pen to paper on a new two-year deal which will see him through the next qualification effort, with the FAW set to hold a press conference at lunchtime on Friday where the deal will be made public.

Terms on a new contract had been verbally agreed as long ago as September, but back-to-back defeats to Macedonia and Serbia led the FAW to opt to wait until the end of a disappointing World Cup campaign before making a final decision on whether to offer Coleman an extension.

Coleman had been unhappy with that decision, and the ex-Fulham boss was also opposed to a request from the FAW to change his backroom staff, although John Hartson has recently stood down from his coaching role.

The series of events, and the emergence of Craig Bellamy as a contender to take over the reins, left Coleman's future in doubt.

But the Dragons finished their World Cup campaign with a win over Macedonia and an excellent draw against Belgium in October, despite their squad being decimated by injury.

Those results tipped the balance back in the manager's favour and renewed contract discussions over recent days have progressed positively, meaning Coleman will now lead Wales in their next effort to reach a first major finals since 1958.

Coleman, who took over in January 2012 following the death of Gary Speed, had also been linked with the managerial vacancy at Crystal Palace but had appeared to fall down the pecking order for the Selhurst Park job.

But Coleman made clear to the FAW his desire to remain in charge of the Dragons, while the governing body believes he represents a safe pair of hands and is worthy of another chance having taken over the job in the worst of circumstances.

Coleman has a record of four wins and one draw from 14 games in charge which, taken at face value, does not represent a stellar return.

But outside of a nightmare September, 2013 has seen some encouraging signs under his stewardship and he retains the backing of the Wales dressing room.

Coleman, meanwhile, will be without Crystal Palace goalkeeper Lewis Price for Saturday's friendly against Finland at Cardiff City Stadium after he withdrew from the squad with a back injury.

The 29-year-old Price had only been called up on Wednesday after West Brom keeper Boaz Myhill pulled out to have treatment on an Achilles problem and ligament damage to his left thumb.

Danny Ward of Liverpool has been drafted in to replace Price, the Football Association of Wales announced.


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