Chris Coleman ends Wales reign after two years in charge
Wales manager Chris Coleman has announced his resignation this afternoon after spending two years coaching his home nation. The former Fulham and Coventry City boss stated that a challenging return to club football was the key to the end of his tenure at the Cardiff City Stadium, although he is yet to sign on with a new team.
Coleman, 45, leaves the team before their first game in their Euro 2016 Qualifying campaign which sees them battling it out with the likes of Belgium and Israel to book a flight to France in two years to compete in the Finals of the reputable tournament.
Star players from the current batch of Dragons include the world's most expensive player - Real Madrid's Gareth Bale - along with the likes of Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey and Swansea City's Ashley Williams.
Arguably a team with such quality amongst their ranks should be fighting for a place in the finals but it would be considered a surprise
The team are currently ranked 44th in the FIFA world rankings and will look to improve on this position throughout their qualifying campaign.
Wales get their qualifying campaign off to a start with a trip to possibly the weakest team in Group B, Andorra, and will be hoping to secure their first three points. Trickier fixtures coming up over the next year include trips to Bosnia, Israel and Belgium where they will do well to pick up any points.
But first, the F.A. must choose a new manager to succeed Coleman, and that man is likely to be Welsh. Prior to Coleman's appointment, the previous four managers of the nation had been natives and it is thought this tradition will be continued in their selection process for the next coach.