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John Hartson Expects Chris Coleman To Leave Wales Job After Cardiff Loss

John Hartson Expects Chris Coleman To Leave Wales Job After Cardiff Loss

Chris Coleman understandably looked a broken figure after the Republic of Ireland defeated Wales on Monday night.

The 47-year-old took charge of Wales in testing circumstances in 2012, following the tragic death of Gary Speed in November 2011. After starting at a low base, Coleman helped create a young and vibrant team that reached Euro 2016.

Reaching their first major tournament since the 1958 World Cup, Wales surpassed all expectations reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2016. He also led the team into the top-ten of the World Rankings.

While Welsh football was consistently on a positive trajectory, Monday's loss will come as a major blow to Coleman and the team.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live after the game, Coleman's former international teammate John Hartson, said he may step away from the job. His contract ends next summer.

I think it's a question only Chris will be able to answer. Personally, I think he'll walk away now. I don't think he will be short of offers. He's proved himself as the Wales manager and I think he's lined up for a big job if that's what Chris wants to do.

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If the former Fulham and Coventry City manager does leave the Wales job, he will do so with countless positive memories.

Monday's loss with linger and hurt for a long time though.

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Daniel Kelly

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