Gareth Bale, Senior Players Urge Wales Coach Chris Coleman To Stay

Gareth Bale, Senior Players Urge Wales Coach Chris Coleman To Stay

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Gareth Bale and other senior Wales players met with Chris Coleman after Monday’s defeat to Republic of Ireland to try and persuade him to stay on as manager, according to Sky Sports

Chris Coleman’s current contract is due to expire in the summer, and he has so far been reluctant to talk to the Football Association of Wales about a new deal.

Wales players decided they needed to approach Coleman, and tell him of their wish for him to stay.

Wales’ hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia ended with a 1-0 defeat by the Republic of Ireland in Cardiff on Monday.

Coleman, 47, said after the game that he was “not thinking about” his future, having previously said this would be his last campaign.

Defender Chris Gunter said: “Everyone in Wales, fans and players, would want to see him stay on, 100%.

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

“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.”

Wales have not qualified for a World Cup since 1958, although they reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016.

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