Coleman Out, Conwy In
Chris Coleman has been sacked from his role as Wales manager by the FAW and replaced by newcomer, Tom Conwy. A spokesperson for the FAW said, “We thank Chris for his time at the helm of the Welsh national team, but after due consideration, we have taken the opportunity to look elsewhere in a bid to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil.”
She added, “Chris took over following a difficult time in our team’s history, replacing Gary Speed would never be an easy task. However, we felt that with the players at his disposal, Wales should be more competitive at international level. We wish him the very best for the future.”
While qualification is still possible, it will be a difficult challenge for Tom Conwy and his team. He has elected to keep the forthcoming friendly with San Marino to assess his squad before the make or break qualifiers against Serbia and Belgium and the final games of Group 1 against Croatia and Scotland.
When asked about his appointment, Conwy said, “It is a great honour to be named as the manager of your country. I was as surprised as anyone at the appointment but I believe with this crop of players and the potential that our U21 & U19 squads possess, I am sure Wales can become a competitive force in international football.”
When asked about his forthcoming World Cup qualifying squads, he added, “I doubt I will look to bring in wholesale changes from the outset. Chris Coleman used a number of seasoned players and I will continue with that philosophy until our World Cup qualification chances are confirmed one way or another. However, my style of play is very different.”
On the issue of the 'Golden Generation' tag that has been put upon a team that includes Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen, Conwy replied cautiously,“I think it's unfair to add labels to individuals like that. But I can say for sure that we have the players to have a good go at leading this team into a major tournament.”
He later signed autographs with the growing number of fans outside the Millennium Stadium and was heard to shout, “Cymru am Byth.”
A number of Welsh internationals have taken to social media to welcome Conwy in his new role, with Reading fullback Chris Gunter tweeting:
Crawley striker Robert Earnshaw also took to Twitter, hoping to catch the attention of his new manager.