Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Chris Coleman will 'make his own mind up on Wales future'

Chris Coleman will 'make his own mind up on Wales future'

The sidelined Real Madrid star was forced to watch on in anguish from the stands in Cardiff on Monday as James McClean's goal gave the Republic of Ireland a 1-0 that sealed a play-off spot at Wales' expense.

Press Association Sport reported that Coleman met key players, including the injured Gareth Bale, after the match, with the squad giving him their unanimous backing.

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

"Of course we want him to stay", he told reporters.

Last night, in the immediate aftermath of the devastating loss, Coleman admitted that he is undecided on whether he will stay on as Wales boss but Sky Sports is reporting that Gareth Bale and other senior players in the Welsh camp had a meeting with Coleman to convince the 47-year-old to stay on.

Coleman, who led Wales to a stunning semi-final finish at Euro 2016, is out of contract at the end of the season and he was evasive when asked if he might stay on.

But his stance appears to have softened and he will speak to FAW officials about the future, with the talks set to take place before a planned Cardiff friendly next month. I can't give anybody an answer right now. It's not just a matter of signing a new contract, the FAW have been great with me.

"I wanted to concentrate on getting results".

"But right now, I'm thinking about the experience". My contract's until the summer. "When the dust settles we'll see where we go", he added.

Without Gareth Bale though, Wales struggled against Ireland, and ultimately fell to a 1-0 defeat at the Cardiff City Stadium thanks to James McClean's second-half victor.

"The whole nation will be mourning and disappointed because, again, that elusive World Cup has passed us by".

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