Coleman takes time over future

10 October 2017 03:12:33 EST

Wales head coach Chris Coleman refused to be drawn on his future after seeing his side fail to qualify for the World Cup finals in Russia next summer.

A 1-0 defeat by the Republic of Ireland in the Cardiff City Stadium meant that the Euro 2016 semi-finalists could only finish in third place in Group D, with the Irish claiming the play-off place behind pool winners Serbia.

There's a chance I can stay and a chance I won't.

Chris Coleman

And Coleman was in no mood to discuss his own situation, with his current contract set to run out next summer.

He told reporters: "There's a chance I can stay and a chance I won't. I can't give an answer right now.

"It's not just a matter of signing a new contract, the FAW has been great with me - I asked them to leave me alone as my contract has been running down and all the questions were getting asked.

"I wanted to concentrate on getting results, there'll be a conversation in due course.

"My contract is until the summer, but right now I'm thinking about the experience. I'll go back to my family and take a bit of time. When the dust settles we'll see where we go."

Wales now have to wait another four-year cycle to try and end a lengthy absence from the World Cup finals, with their last appearance coming way back in 1958, when they reached the quarter-finals before being beaten by eventual winners Brazil.

Wales can now be backed at 66/1 to triumph at Euro 2020, with England priced at 8/1 and Italy available at 14/1.

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