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Gareth Bale pleads with Chris Coleman to stay

Gareth Bale pleads with Chris Coleman to stay

The defeat means Wales have failed to progress to the World Cup finals, while the Republic of Ireland will continue to the play-offs.

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

Chris Coleman has been convinced to rethink standing down as Wales boss but remains tempted by a return to club football, The Independent understands.

"But we will take a little bit of time to gather our thoughts because this [going out of the World Cup] was the furthest thing from our mind".

"The players coming through will strengthen what we have, that excites him and is obviously a major factor. Everything was geared towards next summer".

Having turned 28 in July, and with his fortunes tied to a country that last qualified for the World Cup in 1958, Bale has missed out on his best chance of playing at football's biggest event.

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.

The failure has, of course, led to reports that Coleman could be set to end his tenure as manager, but he isn't in any rush to talk to the FA.

"I'll take some time to let the dust settle and then I'm sure we'll have a sit down and have a chat and we'll take it from there".




As well as the players, Dragons fans and FAW board members want Coleman to stay for the Euro 2020 qualifiers.

"There is no doubt that Chris loves this job, " Roberts said.

Although it was some 35 yards out, the positioning of it from the goal looked like a good opportunity to at least get the shot on target.

"The message from the whole squad would be that we want him to sign a new contract".

"Whatever decision he makes it's going to be a very hard one, but this is the dream job managing your country".

Next summer's tournament in Russian Federation will mark the 60th anniversary of Wales' only previous finals appearance in Sweden.

Welsh supporters would have woken up this morning wondering how they are not in a World Cup playoff.

"There's certainly more success on the horizon for this group of players".


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