Wales manager Chris Coleman is reportedly planning to leave the national team if they lose the upcoming World Cup 2018 qualifier against Serbia.
The manager’s stock was at an all-time high exactly a year ago when he managed to get the national team to major success at the Euro 2016. However, Wales have been unable to sustain the success with the team struggling in the World Cup 2018 qualification group. The team has drawn the last four games without exception, and it has seen Wales dropped against Serbia and Republic of Ireland in the race to qualify for the World Cup.
Only the top two places will be able to reach the World Cup, and Wales are already four points behind both Serbia and Republic of Ireland. Since there are only five matches left in the qualification group, there is little time for ways to make up ground.
Hence, they may face the embarrassment of being unable to qualify for the World Cup, despite possessing top stars like Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey. One of the issues for Wales has been the constant unavailability of Bale this season. The Real Madrid superstar has been faced by several injury problems this season.
Coleman was expected to quit the national team immediately after the huge success of Euro 2016. Now would not be a great time for the manager to leave. The 46-year-old rejected a lot of advances from Premier League clubs in order to stay with the Welsh national team last summer. His contract with Wales comes to an end in June 2018 after the World Cup. Even if Wales reach the major tournament, this could be his final tournament in charge of the national team. Coleman has been in charge of Wales since January 2012. His contract is reportedly worth around £500,000 per year.