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Reading defender backs Wales manager to stay after failing to qualify for World Cup

Reading’s Chris Gunter has told the Daily Express that he believes that Wales head coach Chris Coleman should stay in the job despite them missing out on qualifying for the World Cup.

Wales were one of the stories of Euro 2016 as they reached the semi-finals before being beaten by Portugal. They were hailed as national heroes and Gunter was a key part of that team, not missing a minute as they did much better than their rivals England who suffered a humiliating exit at the hands of Iceland.

There were high hopes that Wales would go on to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia but that would not be the case. In a heartbreaking match, they were defeated by the Republic of Ireland 1-0 with a James McClean goal meaning that will have to watch next summer’s festivities from home. This has led to reports that Coleman may step down as manager but Gunter has said that he should stay and help them to qualify for Euro 2020.

He said: “I think everyone in Wales – fans and players – would want to see him 100 per cent stay on,”

“He’s been a massive part of what we’ve done and he is the man to take us forward hopefully.”

“If the powers that be can give him a really good contract and make him stay he can carry on being the greatest Welsh manager of all time.”

“International football is weird,”

“We all have to go back to our clubs now and we’ll be told what’s happening in the next two or three weeks.”

“But I’m sure the message would be from the whole squad that we want him to sign a new contract.”

“We want him to stay because what he’s given this nation is something that’s never been done before. Why you’d want him to leave I’m not too sure.”

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