Ryan Giggs leads the betting to succeed Chris Coleman at Wales

by Jack Kitson / 10 October 2017, 09:46

Wales manager Chris Coleman is undecided on his future following the country’s failure to qualify for their first World Cup since 1958 - which remains their only ever showing.

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Wales were defeated 1-0 to Republic of Ireland on Monday night, ending their hopes of appearing in Russia next summer, while Michael O'Neill's men venture through to the play-offs.

Coleman has been in charge of Wales since 2012, and memorably roared the Dragons into Euro 2016 - their first major tournament in 58 years - and then remarkably through to the semi-finals where they lost to eventual champions Portugal.

In the aftermath of that historic tournament the former Coventry boss revealed that the 2018 World Cup campaign would be his last in charge:

"I am sure this will be my last campaign whether we qualify or not.

"That will be six or seven years in the job, which is a long time. So I think this will be my last hit, at it so I will give it my best shot, but I would not consider going anywhere else. I want to see this through.

And now, following the heartbreaking defeat to Ireland, an elusive Coleman said:

"There's a chance I can [stay] and a chance I won't. I can't give an answer right now.

"It's not just a matter of signing a new contract. The FAW has been great with me - I asked them to leave me alone as my contract has been running down and all the questions were getting asked.

"I wanted to concentrate on getting results. There'll be a conversation in due course, there's a friendly next month.

"My contract is until the summer but, right now, I'm thinking about the experience. I'll go back to my family and take a bit of time. When the dust settles we'll see where we go."

Coleman has previously managed Fulham, Real Sociedad, Coventry, and Greek outfit AEL, but after nearly six years in the international arena the 47-year-old will no doubt be tempted by the prospect of returning to club football, and can currently be backed at 14/1 to replace the under-fire Ronald Koeman at Everton.

Welsh legend Ryan Giggs has been installed as the 4/1 favourite to replace Coleman should the long-serving boss leave his post, although it’s unlikely the Welsh FA will want to gamble on someone with zero managerial experience.

This could also rule out the 6/1 priced Craig Bellamy.

Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett can be backed at 5/1, while Premier League gaffers Mark Hughes (Stoke) and Tony Pulis (West Brom) are both a 6/1 shot, with the former managing his country between 1999 and 2004.


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