Wales Players Want Coleman To Stay

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Senior Wales players, including Gareth Bale, have pleaded with Wales manager Chris Coleman to stay on after his contract ends next summer.

Their hopes of reaching the World Cup for the first time since 1958 disappeared last night with a 1-0 defeat by the Republic of Ireland. Coleman has previously said this would be his last campaign and the disappointment of missing out on the World Cup must be making it even tougher to stay on. He has been in charge since 2012.

Wales were hotly tipped to qualify after reaching the semi finals of Euro 2016 but once again failed at the last hurdle.

Defender Chris Gunter said “he could be the greatest Wales manager of all time”, adding “the powers that be must give him a good contract”.

James McClean’s goal secured victory for the Republic and that sees them going into a two-legged play-off against one of the other group runners-up in November.

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