COLEMAN IN CHARGE
Chris Coleman has been confirmed as new Wales manager.
"Whilst on one hand it's probably the proudest moment of my career to be given the opportunity to lead my country, but then to be given that opportunity because of the circumstances nobody could foresee, so it's bittersweet for me, of course it is, I was very close friends with Gary, 30 years, so it's a difficult experience for me. It's probably the most difficult press conference I've ever done or ever had to do I imagine. But I'm very proud to be the new manager and I'm also very sad because of the situation we find ourselves in." - Chris Coleman.
“This has been a very difficult process .We have explored every avenue, every scenario possible. We have taken on board the thoughts and views of the backroom staff, the players and the supporters."
"All along we believe that we have been respectful and dignified and had no wish to be involved in a public debate on the appointment of Gary’s successor."
"Gary was the manager of Welsh football and of course we want to continue his legacy. He was not a figurehead, he was the manager and that is why we have decided on the appointment of Chris Coleman to build on the excellent foundations put in place by Gary”. - FAW Chief Executive Jonathan Ford.
- Chris Coleman "understands" Aaron Ramsey's concerns.
- Mark Hughes backs Chris Coleman to succeed as new Wales manager.
- Chris Coleman yet to decide on backroom team.
The Football Association of Wales will be holding a press conference at the St Davids Hotel in Cardiff Bay. The conference will take place on Thursday, January 19th,2012 at 12 noon.