Bale: Wales Patience In Coleman Paid Off

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Patience is golden (not the former first lady though). Gareth Bale has lauded the Wales FA for sticking with Chris Coleman after they qualified for the Euro 2016.

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For the first time in 57 years, Wales qualified for a major tournament after finishing second behind Belgium in Group B, to qualify for the Euro 2016 under Coleman.

Coleman who became new manager after the tragic death of former coach Gary Speed in 2012. But he lost his first four matches in charge, before a Bale brace against Scotland earned them a 2-1 win in his fifth match in charge.

And now Bale has praised the Wales FA for sticking with Chris Coleman.

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“The public stayed behind the manager, the players stayed behind him and the way we turned it round together showed how special this country is when we all pull together,” Bale told the Mirror.

“And it shows that if you stick with a manager, even after a few bad results, it works out better in the long term.

“I know what Chris was trying to say when he said he felt like he was ‘wearing another man’s jacket’ – it’s not often the manager takes over following the death of his predecessor.

Bale added: “Nobody knows how to handle that situation. He was very respectful and the circumstances were difficult for him.

“But when Chris realised he had to do things his own way, that’s when we started to feel the benefit as a team and we are reaping the rewards now.”



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