Strachan and Coleman considering futures

Gordon Strachan and Chris Coleman are both considering their futures after Scotland and Wales came up short in their bids to qualify for next summer’s World Cup finals.

A win in their final games would have given both sides a runner-up place and likely spot in the World Cup play-offs – but Scotland could only draw in Slovenia, as Wales last in Cardiff to the Republic of Ireland.

Now the futures of both managers are up in the air.

For Chris Coleman, he has another 12-months left on his deal and had previously stated this campaign would be his last, but he may yet stay.

“There’s a chance I can stay and a chance I won’t, I can’t give an answer right now,” said Coleman.

“It’s not just a matter of signing a new contract. There’ll be a conversation in due course, there’s a friendly next month.

“My contract is till 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.”

The likes of Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy are strongly fancied to take charge, although the Welsh players – including Gareth Bale have actively encouraged Coleman to stay.

We spoke with BetVictor about who is fancied to replace Coleman and spokesperson Charlie McCann said: “Coleman hinted that this World Cup campaign would be his last as the Welsh boss, but he has given himself time to reflect on the defeat at the hands of the Republic Of Ireland and there is unlikely to be a quick decision.

“Former Manchester United and Wales legend Giggs lacks experience but one would imagine he would throw his hat into the ring and is likely to be a popular choice with the fans.”

Likewise with Strachan, he is considering his position – although his contract expires next month and the Scottish Football Association are set to meet to consider their options.

“No-one is hurting like the players, it’s impossible,” he said. “The fans can’t hurt like that, I can’t hurt.

“There shouldn’t be any talk about what I’m thinking or what I’m doing at this moment in time because I am just looking after them.”

On Strachan, McCann told us: “Four points from their opening four games came back to haunt Scotland in Slovenia on Sunday and it will be interesting to see if the Scottish FA persevere with Strachan with the jury out – a glorious failure that deserves another crack of the whip or two strikes and out? The Scottish FA must decide.

“David Moyes is the 3/1 market leader to be the next Scotland manager – irrespective of the timescale. When he was manager of Everton Moyes suggested that he would like to manage Celtic and Scotland one day although his stock has hardly risen since he left Goodison Park.”



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