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Rob Page to leave his role as Wales manager

21 Jun 2024 3 minute read
Wales manager Rob Page during a squad announcement at the Urdd Eisteddfod, Meifod, Wales. Photo Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Wales head coach Rob Page has been sacked, the Football Association of Wales has announced.

Page spent four years in charge, having initially been given the role on an interim basis in November 2020.

He was then appointed permanently in September 2022 and oversaw the team at two major tournaments.

The 49-year-old took Wales to Euro 2020 and the World Cup in 2022, which was their first appearance at the tournament since 1958.

More recently, Page’s position came under review following disappointing friendly results against Gibraltar and Slovakia in June.

A statement on the Football Association of Wales website reads:

The Football Association of Wales has taken the decision to end Rob Page’s contract as Men’s National Team Head Coach.

Page was appointed as Cymru Manager on an interim basis in November 2020 and was given the role on a permanent basis in September 2022. During his time in charge, Page managed the team in the UEFA EURO 2020 finals and led Cymru to the 2022 FIFA World Cup finals, which was Cymru’s first appearance in a World Cup since 1958. During his time in charge, Cymru also secured promotion to League A in the UEFA Nations League.

Prior to taking on the role of Men’s National Team Manager, Page was the U21 Head Coach since 2017 and oversaw the development of several players into the senior team environment, including Dan James, Harry Wilson and Joe Rodon amongst many others.

Dave Adams, FAW Chief Football Officer, said: “I would like to thank Rob for his work with the Association over the last seven years, firstly as the U21s Head Coach and then onto the role of Cymru Head Coach.”

“Rob’s work has delivered success reaching the Round of 16 at EURO 2020 and qualification to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and during his period we also integrated 18 pathway players into the senior squad. As we move forward this experience will support our objective to consistently qualify our Men’s National Team to major tournaments.”

Wales manager Rob Page during the UEFA Euro 2024 Qualifying play-off final at the Cardiff City Stadium. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Noel Mooney, FAW Chief Executive Officer, said: “On behalf of myself and the entire FAW, I extend our heartfelt gratitude to Rob for his commitment and dedication to his roles for the National Teams.”

“Under Rob Page’s leadership, our Cymru men’s team has achieved significant milestones and victories which have created many incredible memories for our nation, most notably our first World Cup in sixty-four years.”

“We remain focused on our FAW value of ‘Excellence’ and look forward to the opportunities for our national teams and Welsh Football.”

FAW President, Steve Williams commented: “I am incredibly grateful for all that Rob has done in his role as Cymru Men’s National Team Manager and I want to put on record my gratitude for taking Cymru to EURO 2020 and the FIFA World Cup.”

“Rob’s passion for the country shone through in his visits to schools, clubs and communities across the breadth of Wales. I know Rob was incredibly proud of taking the World Cup squad announcement to his hometown of Tylorstown.”

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23 days ago

It was inevitable really. Surely now’s the time for Osian Roberts to take the helm.

23 days ago

He gave it his best shot, but was never going to be good enough. Onwards and hopefully upwards?

23 days ago

Can we please have somebody who is proven at management level who can also bring in quality assistants, who, can advise the coach during a game. What we have seen with Rob Page is an inability to change the system when it is not working during a game, someone like Osian Roberts, who worked successfully with Chris Coleman would make a great assistant to a proven international coach, as Osian knows the players and he created the current system we are using. Osian has proved himself as a great assistant in Italy, Morocco and at Crystal Palace in the EPL.Get… Read more »

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