Sunday 21 January 2018

Coleman wants changes to Welsh system if he is to build

Wales boss Chris Coleman
Wales boss Chris Coleman

Chris Coleman will demand changes be made in Welsh football if he is to build on the success of qualifying for Euro 2016.

Coleman has steered Wales to their first major tournament since the 1958 World Cup and the nation is preparing for its biggest-ever football party in tonight's final qualifier against Andorra in Cardiff.

The 45-year-old Wales manager is contracted until the end of next summer's European Championship, with talks planned soon over a new deal to take him into the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

But Coleman seems likely to insist on certain changes behind the scenes if that is to happen, and he has promised to "rattle a few cages" with Football Association of Wales power-brokers.

"We're on the way to France and nothing would make me leave Wales now," Coleman said at his pre-match press conference at the Cardiff City Stadium. All I'm focused on is the European Championship and I'm trying to enjoy the moment because it is one we have never experienced.

"But we need to make changes - about staff and how we run the structure - because we need to keep pushing forward even though we've qualified."

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