Chris Coleman: 'I'm still the man to take Wales forward'
CHRIS Coleman insists he is still the right man to take Wales forward, despite their latest damaging defeat to Serbia.
Wales fell to the bottom of their World Cup qualifying group with a 3-0 loss to Serbia at the Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday, just four days after they were beaten 2-1 in Macedonia.
Welsh fans voiced their frustrations towards the end of the match, chanting “We want Coleman out”.
But the manager says he has verbally agreed a new contract with the Football Association of Wales and, when asked if he would be in charge when Wales begin qualifying for the 2016 European Championships, he responded bullishly.
“I have every intention of doing so,” he said.
“The next campaign will be a better one. It’s a steep learning curve in international management.
“I felt under pressure from the first minute I walked in. I am desperate to win. The situation when I got the job was horrendous, but this is a job I always wanted to do.
“It was never going to deter me, but you are always under pressure as a manager.”
Despite the recent setbacks, however, Coleman is still intent on signing a new two-year contract.
“The contract has been agreed although I have not signed it,” he added.
“But if I thought I could not affect this group of players I would not waste my country’s time. We can do something special.”
Coleman’s position as Wales manager came under fire from the crowd at the Cardiff City Stadium, but the former Fulham boss could understand their frustrations.
“I won’t blame the supporters,” he said.
“I know they’re angry. The very least they want to come and see is a performance, and they didn’t get it. I take responsibility, plain and simple.”