John Hartson Expects Chris Coleman To Leave Wales Job After Cardiff Loss

The squad have given their unanimous support to Coleman and it is also understood the Football Association of Wales want him to stay on.

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The 47-year-old was always planning on ending his time with the Welsh national team at the end of the current campaign, though he had hoped that would be in Russian Federation rather than Cardiff, as his side fell 1-0 at home to Ireland to miss out on a World Cup play-off spot.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live after the game, Coleman's former global teammate John Hartson, said he may step away from the job.

Defender Chris Gunter said: "Everyone in Wales, fans and players, would want to see him stay on, 100%".

"He's been a massive part of what we've done and he is the man to hopefully take us forward".

Wales reaching the Euro 2016 semi-finals was an achievement well beyond expectations but there is a feeling that, with Gareth Bale and emerging young players, the side could also do well at Euro 2020.

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

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'But I'm sure the message would be from the whole squad that we want him to sign a new contract. There'll be a conversation in due course, there's a friendly next month. I can't give an answer right now. I'll go back to my family and take a bit of time.

Coleman's contract is believed to run until the end of Wales' World Cup campaign, which could have taken him to next summer, but instead may make him available immediately unless a new deal can be agreed.

Rookie coach Ryan Giggs is the bookmakers' favourite to replace Coleman should he depart and would at least be interviewed by the FAW.

On Strachan, McCann told us: "Four points from their opening four games came back to haunt Scotland in Slovenia on Sunday and it will be interesting to see if the Scottish FA persevere with Strachan with the jury out - a glorious failure that deserves another crack of the whip or two strikes and out?" I think he will be lined up for a big job, if that is what he wants.

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