Leighton James column: No point getting rid of Coleman now
THE last few days of a dispiriting World Cup qualifying campaign must have turned a few heads at the Football Association of Wales.
This time last week, I think most people had the feeling that Chris Coleman’s reign as national manager was about to come to an end.
With so many players missing, the decision-makers at the FAW probably were not expecting much from the home game against Macedonia.
And a trip to Belgium? They must have been fearing a demoralising defeat.
Yet Wales finished their group in some style, beating Macedonia and then landing a hugely creditable draw in Brussels. Personally, I always felt Coleman deserved more time anyway, but I think those two results may have altered the opinion of those who thought we were due a change.
Now they might be thinking: ‘Well, let’s just wait and see what happens at the start of the next qualifying campaign’.
That is the right way to go. Coleman should be handed a new two-year deal which covers Euro 2016 qualifying and, if things do not go well in the first two or three games, the time will be right to look elsewhere.
To me, there is no point in getting rid of Coleman right now.