Robert Page will hold talks with Welsh FA chiefs over his future after Euro 2020 exit… as coach remains in charge on interim basis with Ryan Giggs on leave and due to face trial in January
Interim boss Robert Page will hold talks over his future following Wales’ exit from Euro 2020.
Page was in charge for the tournament with manager Ryan Giggs on leave and due to face trial in January.
Giggs has been accused of deliberately headbutting his ex-girlfriend and controlling her throughout their relationship, charges which he denies.
Interim Wales manager Robert Page is set to hold talks regarding his future with the Welsh FA
Page, who joined Giggs’ backroom staff in August 2019, took over team affairs last November and guided Wales to the last 16 of the European Championship before being knocked out by Denmark on Saturday.
‘I’ll just continue doing what I’m doing until I’m told otherwise,’ Page said with the next set of 2022 World Cup qualifiers just over two months away.
‘There’ll be conversations to be had, no doubt.’
The Football Association of Wales have been impressed with the way Page has handled his role in such difficult circumstances.
Page led Wales to the knockout phase of Euro 2020 despite taking over in a difficult situation
FAW president Kieran O’Connor said during Wales’ stay in Baku that Page had been ‘superb’ and he had ‘never seen so many players laughing and joking’.
It would be a major surprise if the 46-year-old former Wales captain was not in charge for September’s two World Cup qualifiers, away to Belarus and at home to Estonia.
‘We’ve said to the group you can become bigger and better from having got through this experience,’ Page said after Wales’ Euro 2020 adventure had been ended by a 4-0 defeat in Amsterdam.
‘They might not believe it right now but, when you strip all the emotion out of it, that will hold us in good stead for the future.
Page insists that despite crashing out in the last-16 Wales can use the experience to improve
‘They’re a young group and there’s World Cup qualifiers around the corner in September, and we’ll go again.
‘We’ve had a taste of tournament football now and we want more of it.’
Wales had the third youngest squad at Euro 2020, with only Turkey and England possessing a lower average age.
Page also said Wales’ achievement of reaching the knockout stage was praiseworthy due to the lack of domestic game-time several members of his squad had last season.
Joe Rodon (right) is among a number of Wales players that don’t play regularly for their club
Danny Ward, Chris Mepham, Joe Rodon and Joe Morrell were just some of the Wales starters who found action limited last term.
‘That group of players deserve a lot of credit considering where they are domestically,’ Page said.
‘We need to get our players out playing football. That doesn’t half help.’
Highlighting the lack of action his players have seen in club football compared to others in the tournament, Page added: ‘I’d like to put the minutes our lads have played domestically against Denmark, or any team in this tournament. I think you’ll find there’s a big difference.
Page says the fact that Denmark’s players feature regularly for their clubs gave them an edge
‘To qualify is an achievement, to get through the group stage is a major achievement.
‘It is a big achievement with the players that we’ve got, not playing domestic football week in, week out.
‘We’ll learn from this experience and bounce back.
‘The group is already looking forward to the games in September, and I think there’s a lot more to come from them.’