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Coleman's job is on the line – Southall

Wales legend Neville Southall fears Chris Coleman could be out of a job if his team lose to Scotland in tomorrow's World Cup qualifier at Hampden.

A Gareth Bale double gave Wales a 2-1 victory over the Scots in Cardiff in October but that was their first Group A victory from a campaign in which hope is slipping away from both countries after four fixtures.

Scotland are bottom of the group with two points, ahead of Gordon Strachan's first competitive game as boss, but former Everton and Wales goalkeeper Southall believes a win would be more important to Wales manager Coleman, who took over in January last year.

If it was his choice, though, Coleman would be given plenty more time whatever tomorrow's result.

Southall said: "It is a massive game for both countries, probably more for us.

"Strachan will be given another chance if they lose, but I think with ours it could nail the coffin for the manager, for us financially, and for the fans. We need to win it for our sake.

"We are really struggling to get people in the door and when you have a player like Gareth Bale I find it hard to understand, so we really need to win.

"Personally, I wouldn't sack him but if we lose this one there will be an awful lot of people queuing up to put a knife in his back.

"At the end of the day we have a certain number of players to choose from, you need stability and you need people to put things in place and he hasn't had enough time.

"If you are in the job for a year you have players for five days over six games which is 30 days, it is hard to build a successful business in 30 days.

"We need to give him a bit of time."


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