Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

World Cup Qualifying Wrap

World Cup Qualifying Wrap

Wales' hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation ended with a 1-0 defeat by the Republic of Ireland in Cardiff on Monday.

Wales' hopes were extinguished in a 1-0 home defeat by Ireland in their final Group D fixture yesterday morning (Singapore time).

Press Association Sport reported that Coleman met key players, including the injured Gareth Bale, after the match, with the squad giving him their unanimous backing.

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

'We want him to stay because what he's given this nation is something that has never been done before.

Right-back Chris Gunter said: "Everyone in Wales - fans and players - would want to see him 100 per cent carry on being the greatest Welsh manager of all time".

He was the undisputed figurehead of Wales's successful qualifying campaign for Euro 2016 and then starred with three goals as Chris Coleman's side confounded every expectation by reaching the semi-finals in France.

A group of the more experienced members of the Wales squad held a meeting with Coleman immediately after the defeat to Ireland to express their wish that he stays in the post he has occupied since January 2012.

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

"It's six years I've been in charge, or coming up to it at Christmas, and I can't say right now about my future because I'm not thinking about it".

"When the dust settles, we'll see where we're going".

It was not to be for the Dragons, though, as James McClean struck in the 57th minute to send Ireland through to the playoffs.

Coleman said Wales "just came up a bit short" and added: "It's a shame for us, a hard one, but we've got no complaints".

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