Wales v Panama preview: Chris Coleman says his stint will never be tarnished
Last Updated: 14/11/17 7:39pm
Chris Coleman says his time as Wales manager will never be tarnished if the friendly against Panama proves to be his final game.
Coleman takes charge of Wales for the 49th time on Tuesday night with talks over a new contract set to resume after the Cardiff clash with the surprise World Cup qualifiers.
The 47-year-old wants certain guarantees over his backroom staff before signing a new deal and extending a near-six-year reign which has included taking Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016.
"If I am going to walk away and shake hands I know we took it to a level that was unthinkable in the time we did it," Coleman said at his pre-match press conference.
"The experiences we have had and where we have taken it that will never be spoiled. But I'd be more proud in two or four years' time if the team qualified again.
"People talk about legacy, but that's not about me, John Toshack or Gary Speed. We're all passing through, the legacy is Wales and the jersey - and not one man.
"I played a part but I would be really proud if the teams are qualifying for tournaments with or without me."
Panama, meanwhile, are preparing for their World Cup finals debut in Russia next summer after finishing third in CONCACAF qualifying.
Already without the injured Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, who has returned to Arsenal to prepare for Saturday's North London derby with Tottenham, Coleman is set to field an experimental team against the Central Americans.
Ben Woodburn, Ethan Ampadu and David Brooks - who came on as second-half substitutes in Friday's 2-0 defeat to France in Paris - are set to feature in a side skippered by Chris Gunter, who will equal Speed's 85-cap record for an outfield player.
This will be the first match between Wales and Panama on the international stage.
Chris Coleman is set to take charge of his 50th game for Wales - he's won 19, drawn 12 and lost 18 of the previous 49.
Wales have lost five of their last six friendly matches (D1), failing to score in each of their last three.
The Dragons haven't lost back to back home games under Chris Coleman since September 2012, when they lost three in a row.
Panama are playing a match on European soil for the first time in five years, last playing European opposition in August 2012, losing 2-0 in a friendly against Portugal.