Southall “personally wouldn’t sack” Coleman
Just as the LMA places on record its “embarrassment” over the record number of managerial sackings so far in the 2012-13 football season, so goalkeeping legend Neville Southall picks an opportune moment to speculate over the job security of Wales boss Chris Coleman.
March 20th, 2013
Wales’ record-capped player was at Hampden Park yesterday to promote the crucial World Cup qualifier between Scotland and Wales – so crucial in fact that the winner still won’t have a hope of making it to Rio – where he personally warned the Wales manager that “there will be a lot of people queuing up to put a knife in his back” if his side lose the match.
Wales have played seven games under Coleman since he succeeded the late Gary Speed as manager last May – with two wins and five defeats including three competitive losses. Only the 2-1 win over Scotland is keeping them off the foot of Group A, but Southall maintains that this might not be enough if they cannot do the double.
“Personally I wouldn’t sack him,” said Southall reassuringly, “…I think they should give him until the end of the campaign and have a look then, or give him another year.
“At the end of the day we have a certain number of players to choose from, you need stability and you need people to put things in place and he hasn’t had enough time.”
Opposite number Gordon Strachan will manage his first competitive game for Scotland; he finds his side bottom of the group having drawn two matches and lost the rest.
If Coleman ever does find himself in need of the assistance of a Welsh goalkeeping legend, well, he can always Ask Neville Southall who charges only £99 for an hour-long phone call consultation (or £49 for a “considered” e-mail response). His autobiography is out now.