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Is there a chance that Chris Coleman will resign as Wales manager following his side's failure to reach the 2018 World Cup? There seems little likelihood that this will be the case given that Wales have been a side on the up in recent years. Coleman's men made it into the semi-finals of the 2016 European Championships and while they have failed in their bid to reach their second major international competition on the bounce, at least they gave it their best shot.
Wales headed into their final qualifying match in second position in Group D but a 1-0 defeat to the Republic of Ireland was enough to deny the home side in Cardiff last night and they will be joining fellow home nation Scotland in watching from the sidelines. Following the defeat, Coleman refused to be drawn into discussions regarding his future as Wales coach and whether or not he will be leading them into the 2020 European Championship qualifiers.
“Right now all I can think about, picture in my mind, is the faces of the players in the dressing room and the disappointment,” he told Sky Sports. “They are inconsolable at the moment but they should feel very proud. That's all I can think about.
“I know I'm going to be asked about my situation but I won't think about that right now. 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.”
Clearly the Welsh FA won't be eager to see the back of Coleman, indeed they will be doing their utmost to keep him in his current position. Nevertheless rumours abound that the Welsh manager may decide to call it a day and if he does indeed walk away, who could be tempted to fill his shoes, so to speak?
BetVictor Free Bets are pretty confident that Coleman will walk away before the start of 2018 with that bookmaker going odds-on at 8/11 that he isn't Wales manager on 1st January 2018. Nevertheless with odds of Evens offered on him staying put, it is clearly going to be a close-run thing.
The same /free-bets is offering odds on his possible successor with former Manchester United favourite Ryan Giggs favourite at 5/1 to be next in charge of the national side. Portsmouth's Kenny Jackett is another name being bandied about and the Pompey boss is 5/1 to answer the Welsh call.
Mark Hughes and Tony Pulis are 6/1 to be tempted by the Welsh FA while Dean Saunders, who scored 22 goals in 75 national appearances, is a 10/1 shot.
Next Wales Boss - BetVictor Odds
9/2 - Ryan Giggs
5/1 - Kenny Jackett
6/1 - Mark Hughes
6/1 - Tony Pulis
12/1 - Dean Saunders
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