Wales National Team Manager Chris Coleman has been rewarded for guiding his side to next month’s European Championship finals in France with a contract extension that will see him continue his role until the end of the 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign.
“Everyone knows what managing Wales means to me. Leading my country in France this summer will be the proudest moment of my career, and I’m delighted to have an opportunity to do the same in Russia in 2018.”
The Wales boss is keen that his side builds on their impressive performances from this campaign and says they will continue to learn from their experiences moving forward.
“We’ve learned a lot as a National Team over the past few years, we will learn a lot from the Euros this summer, we must use all these experiences to push forward.”
FAW Chief Executive Jonathan Ford said:
“The FAW is delighted that Chris Coleman has extended his contract through to the 2018 World Cup.
“We wanted to acknowledge the fantastic work Chris has done with his staff in ensuring qualification to the Euros in France this summer.
“There is no one better-qualified than Chris to lead Wales into its first World Cup in sixty years.”
FAW President, David Griffiths, added:
“I have known Chris a long time and know just how much managing his country means to him. He is an exceptional leader, and what he has achieved with his staff and players in the past few years must be commended.
“I am delighted that we have agreed on his new contract before the European Championships. We can now focus on the tournament in France and look forward to the World Cup qualifying campaign.
“The build-up starts today with the squad going to Portugal tomorrow and this is the best possible start.”
The Wales squad travel to Vale do Lobo, Algarve, Portugal on Tuesday for a pre-tournament training camp.
Wales play a final friendly against Sweden in Stockholm on 5th June before travelling to their Euro team base in Dinard, Brittany.