Coleman set for new Wales deal
Chris Coleman will sign a contract extension next week, even though Wales are in danger of finishing bottom of their World Cup qualifying group after a humbling defeat in Macedonia.
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The 2-1 loss leaves Wales just one point ahead of Group A basement side Scotland with three games remaining and capped a difficult couple of days for Coleman.
The former Fulham boss lost his passport and was unable to travel with the team to Skopje on Thursday, and missed the pre-match press conference and their final training session as a result.
The 43-year-old also faced questions about his decision to name Gareth Bale, the world's most expensive player, on the bench against Macedonia, despite Coleman later admitting he had no chance of playing any part in the game.
His inability to use the new Real Madrid signing was highlighted as the winger barely moved from his seat in the dugout, even though Wales desperately needed his pace, power and skill as they chased the game in the closing stages.
Defeat also means Coleman has a win ratio of just 27 per cent - significantly lower than his immediate predecessors Gary Speed and John Toshack - but the Football Association of Wales is happy with the job he is doing and believe he is taking the team in the right direction.
His two-year contract extension has been agreed in principal, with the deal set to be signed following Tuesday's meeting with Serbia.
Coleman said: "It's been agreed basically. we just wanted to get these two games out of the way. That was the most important thing.
"What has gone on with Gareth Bale is enough of a distraction, we didn't need anything else. But that has basically been agreed."
Coleman is adamant a bright future awaits Welsh football with talents like Aaron Ramsey and Jonathan Williams in the squad, and does not feel the attention being lavished on Bale, or his inability to locate his passport, should detract from that.
"There are a lot of positives surrounding us, one or two negatives but forget that," he said.
"I can see where we are going. I can see the potential when everyone is ready. We are on the right road.
"I accept what is coming with Gareth because he's a super player.
"We have to accept what's coming when he's with us. But we can't let people use it as a tool against us. It will happen but I'd rather have it than not have it."
Coleman also has the backing of his players, with captain Ashley Williams saying: "We have always said we are happy with him and we are happy with the work he is doing. He is a good guy and I would fully welcome a contract extension for him."