The Welsh national team manager Chris Coleman has revealed that he had to think long and hard about taking the managerial role following the death of Gary Speed. After the demise of the former Bolton Wanderers player, the reigns of the national team were handed to the former Fulham manager.
He has so far been a major disappointment, as he has not been able to get the results many people expected the national team to get due to the presence of players like Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey. The national team is no longer searching for the successor for Ryan Giggs.
Yet, Chris Coleman has found it difficult to take the team to the heights of Gary Speed. Speed committed suicide exactly a year ago. In his place, Coleman was appointed two months later. He has said that he always wanted to be the manager of the Welsh national team, but not in such a circumstance. Hence, he was extremely sceptical at first over taking the job. It was extremely tough because of the huge emotions involved in following the work of Speed. Coleman recalled the situation he was in when getting the news of Speed's death. He has said that he will never be able to forget it, but has learned to live with it.
"I always wanted to do the job but not under these circumstances. I was a little bit sceptical when it came my way. I knew it would be tough because of the emotion attached to it. I still wanted to do it. I wanted to manage my country at the end of the day. I'm glad I'm doing it but it has been tough. I'll never forget that horrible feeling that I had when I got the bad news. I don't think you ever get over something like that," said Coleman.