Wales boss Chris Coleman comes out fighting
CHRIS Coleman insists even the best manager in the world would struggle to get results with Wales’ injury problems.
The national boss is fighting to save his job with 15 players unavailable for tomorrow night’s World Cup qualifier against Macedonia at the Cardiff City Stadium.
And with a trip to group leaders Belgium to end the campaign on Tuesday, Coleman knows that he needs to get some positive results over the next few days.
“I don’t want to discuss the contract,” he said. “I’m not worried about that. I can’t escape it but I want to focus on Macedonia.
“It would be selfish of me to say one thing or the other. I’d be putting pressure on the FAW or myself when we’ve got a game on Friday night and we’ve got to win it.
“Results are the biggest thing, that’s what you’re judged on ultimately.
“We’ve got two games and we’ve got to get something to get some pride back after Serbia when we performed poorly on the night.”
And Coleman came out fighting against his critics, insisting that any manager would struggle to get Wales to a major tournament with the current casualty list.
“This job more than any other on is closer to my heart,” he said. “And playing for Wales meant more to me than anything else. It hits you harder when you don’t win.
“But it’s about what you’ve got on the pitch. With a good run, a bit of luck and no injuries we’ve got a strong team.
“But we’ve never once had our strongest team.
“Take the best manager on the planet, and there are plenty better than me, and is it going to be any different?
“Wales as a nation has three and a half million people,” he added. “We’re never been a powerhouse in football, how are we going to break that if you haven’t got players on the pitch?
“We’re not England, we can’t pick two or three teams.”
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