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

Chris Coleman, Manager of Wales points during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group D  Qualifier between Wales and Republic of Ireland
Image: Chris Coleman will make his own mind up on whether he can take Wales forward, according to his assistant Osian Roberts

Wales manager Chris Coleman will make his own mind up on whether he can take the team forward before making a decision on his future.

That is the view of his assistant Osian Roberts after Wales players' urged Coleman to stay on despite their failure to qualify for next year's World Cup finals in Russia.

Coleman met senior players - including the injured Gareth Bale - at the team hotel following the 1-0 defeat to the Republic of Ireland in Cardiff on Monday night.

The squad have given their unanimous support to Coleman and it is also understood the Football Association of Wales want him to stay on. Coleman plans to hold talks with the FAW about his future in the next few weeks.

"Chris is his own man and he'll eventually decide what is right for him and for Welsh football," said Roberts. "There is no question that he is the best manager in Welsh history and nobody wants that to end.

Highlights of the Group D World Cup Qualifier between Wales and Republic of Ireland

"The players coming through will strengthen what we have, that excites him and is obviously a major factor.

"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. Everything was geared towards next summer."

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Bale is known to be a fan of Coleman and echoed Roberts' sentiments when asked about his national team boss at the start of June.

"Of course we want him to stay," Bale said. "What he has done for the team and Welsh football has been amazing.

Chris Coleman says his Wales side have become accustomed to playing without Gareth Bale
Image: Coleman has the support of Gareth Bale who wants him to stay on as manager

Roberts, who has been Coleman's assistant since he was appointed Wales manager in January 2012, added: "He couldn't have taken on the job at a more difficult time and what we've collectively achieved since then has been amazing."

Wales manager Chris Coleman and Osian Roberts (R) look on during an open training session
Image: Coleman and Osian Roberts have been in charge of Wales since January 2012

"There is no doubt that Chris loves this job, he's taken that opportunity and created history, and I'm sure he doesn't want that to end. Whatever decision he makes it's going to be a very difficult one, but this is the dream job managing your country.

"We will wait to see if he feels if he can take this team further."

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