Friday 17 November 2017, 21:32

Coleman leaves Wales post

  • Chris Coleman resigns as manager of Wales

  • 47-year-old led The Dragons to UEFA EURO 2016 semi-finals

  • Wales failed to qualify for Russia 2018 out of Europe Group D

After over five years in charge of the Wales national team, 47-year-old manager Chris Coleman has announced his resignation, according to a statement published by the Football Association of Wales.

Coleman led Wales to the semi-finals of UEFA EURO 2016, the nation's greatest achievement in their history in the competition. However, he was unable to build on the momentum from their successful France 2016 campaign and qualify the team for next summer's 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

Wales finished in third place in Europe's Group D in World Cup qualifying. A 1-0 defeat by Republic of Ireland in Cardiff on 9 October 2017 ultimately meant they fell short of a play-off place and their ultimate goal of booking a ticket to Russia 2018.

A statement by Chief Executive of the Football Association of Wales Jonathan Ford read: "We are extremely disappointed to see Chris’ tenure as Wales manager come to an end. The FAW and Wales as a nation will be eternally grateful for the job he has done over the last six years as National Team Manager, from travelling the length and breadth of Wales outside of the media spotlight to talk to players and supporters, to guiding us to the semi-finals of the European Championships.

“We wish Chris the very best of luck for the future as he returns to club management, a desire for which he has always been honest and open about.”

The Football Association of Wales has not announced his replacement.