Leighton James column: Chris Coleman's Wales backroom team needs changing
CHRIS Coleman should remain as Wales manager — but there need to be major changes behind the scenes.
I don't go along with people who say Coleman should be sacked after Tuesday's disappointing 3-0 defeat to Serbia.
But I certainly wouldn't reward him with a new contract after the achievements of this qualifying campaign.
Only after Wales have finishing their Group A commitments with matches against Macedonia and Belgium would I review things.
With the right results, Wales could finish fourth, which is not a dreadful outcome.
Croatia and Belgium are far and away the best teams in the group and it is probably unrealistic to expect Wales to compete with them at the moment.
Serbia have also proved to be a very good side, so there is no disgrace in ending up behind them.
But if Wales finish lower than Scotland and Macedonia serious questions need to be asked.
And I would look at the people on Coleman's staff.
There is a distinct lack of international coaching, and in some cases playing, experience in the Wales set-up.
Even more worrying than the senior defeat to Serbia was the fact the under-21s recently lost to San Marino, a country with a population of just 30,000.
I think the junior side has gone backwards — and that has a lot to do with Brian Flynn's departure.
He had done a terrific job nurturing young talent.
Flynn was responsible for bringing through the likes of Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen.
Getting rid of him was a massive mistake.
But I do have some sympathy for Coleman.
Though Wales have quality players, there is no great strength in depth, and his squad was depleted against Serbia.
I couldn't believe it when I heard James Collins turned down his country's SOS call.
As far as I'm concerned he should never play for Wales again.
It is an honour to represent your country, one that should not be snubbed in any circumstances.