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Republic of Ireland’s Martin O’Neill: ‘We had to come here to win in Cardiff’ – video

The Republic of Ireland beat Wales 1-0 to book their place in the play-offs for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. James McClean scored the only goal to leave Martin O’Neill celebrating one of his more satisfying nights as national team manager. For Wales the wait continues, with defeat ending their bid to qualify for the tournament for the first time since 1958.

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Chris Coleman admits facing end as Wales manager after World Cup heartbreak

• ‘There will be a conversation in due course,’ says manager
• Martin O’Neill hails Republic of Ireland after sealing play-off berth

Chris Coleman admitted his time as Wales manager might be coming to an end after the 1-0 win that put the Republic of Ireland into the World Cup play-offs and left his own team reflecting on an agonising end to their bid to qualify for the tournament for the first time since 1958.

Coleman’s contract runs out next summer and he has previously indicated this would be his last qualifying programme in charge of the team he led to the Euro 2016 semi-finals.

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Wales’s Chris Coleman braced for ‘hell of a game’ against Ireland in pivotal match

• Wales manager says Seamus Coleman injury controversy will not affect team
• Chris Coleman: team must show ‘same hunger and desire as we’ve always had’

Chris Coleman expects a physical game against the Republic of Ireland but is adamant that the bitter fall-out from the goalless draw in Dublin in March, when Seamus Coleman suffered a broken leg following a reckless challenge from Neil Taylor, will not affect Wales’s approach to Monday’s pivotal World Cup qualifier.

With Wales and Ireland both in with a chance of qualifying for the finals automatically after Serbia lost against Austria on Friday, the stakes could not be higher for what promises to be a highly charged occasion. Wales are second in Group D, one point ahead of Ireland, and the fractious nature of their meeting at the Aviva Stadium adds to the tension around what is in effect a winner-takes-all encounter.

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Chris Coleman trumps England by giving Wales call-up to David Brooks

• Sheffield United midfielder opted to represent Wales over England
• ‘I’m sure that will cause one or two ripples on the other side of the Bridge’

Chris Coleman believes that his decision to call Sheffield United’s David Brooks into the senior Wales squad for the first time will cause “one or two ripples on the other side of the Bridge” as England face up to the likelihood of missing out on another talented dual-nationality prospect to their rivals.

Brooks, who was born in Warrington, stole the show when he represented England Under-21s in the summer in the Toulon tournament, having withdrawn from the Wales squad also competing in France. As well as scoring England’s goal against Ivory Coast in a final that they went on to win on penalties, Brooks was named player of the tournament.

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Wales’s Gareth Bale: ‘It’s all about the results now’ – video

Wales move above Ireland and into second place in group D with a hard fought 2-0 win over Moldova. Hal Robson-Kanu and Aaron Ramsey were the scorers, with both goals coming in the final 10 minutes of the match. Wales will face Georgia and then Ireland …

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Chris Coleman urges Ben Woodburn to follow Gareth Bale’s path to the top

• Wales coach says 17-year-old has mentality to succeed at highest level
• Cardiff match-winner told to carry on working hard to fulfil huge potential

Wales like to blood them young. Ben Woodburn was 17 years and 322 days old when he made his international debut in Cardiff on Saturday night. That made him two days older than Ryan Giggs, six days younger than Aaron Ramsey and a whole year older than Gareth Bale.

Woodburn was old enough and his match-winning goal was certainly good enough, the Liverpool man’s shot sizzling past Austria’s Heinz Lindner from 25 yards out five minutes after he had arrived on the pitch. It was a necessary intervention, allowing Chris Coleman’s side to force their way back into the reckoning for World Cup qualification. With three games left, they are four points off the top of Group D and two points off the play-off place occupied by the Republic of Ireland, with the Irish yet to come to Cardiff.

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Chris Coleman urges Wales to go for it in ‘mini tournament’ – video

Wales manager Chris Coleman has told his side to go for wins in what he describes as a ‘mini tournament’ with three games remaining in World Cup qualifying. Wales, who are currently third in Group C, need to leapfrog either Republic of Ireland or Serbia in order to qualify

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Wales have struggled with expectation after Euro 2016, says Chris Coleman

A year to the day after their Euro 2016 opener, Wales can ill afford defeat to group leaders Serbia if they are to reach the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia

Chris Coleman has always wanted Wales to focus on the future rather than basking in last summer’s success, yet with Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Serbia taking place exactly a year after their opening match at Euro 2016, even the manager had to concede that it was impossible not to take a trip down memory lane.

Related: Chris Coleman urges Wales to handle hostility against Serbia

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Chris Coleman urges Wales to handle hostility against Serbia

• Wales manager says team must cope with opponents’ ‘power play’ period
• Chris Coleman looks to banish memories of drubbing in 2012

Chris Coleman has admitted that the pain of losing 6-1 against Serbia five years ago will never leave him as the Wales manager returns to the country for a crucial World Cup qualifier in Belgrade with a warning for his players that they need to deal with a hostile atmosphere and those periods when their opponents are enjoying a “power play”.

Sitting third in Group D and trailing Serbia and the Republic of Ireland by four points with five matches remaining, Wales have little margin for error on Sunday night in Belgrade, where a defeat would leave their hopes of qualifying for next year’s World Cup finals in Russia hanging by a thread.

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Séamus Coleman’s leg break a huge blow to club and country, says Martin O’Neill

• Republic of Ireland and Everton full-back injured in draw
• Wales coach Chris Coleman defends ‘devastated’ Neil Taylor

Martin O’Neill described Séamus Coleman’s broken leg as a huge blow to the Republic of Ireland and Everton after the right-back suffered a horrific injury that overshadowed the goalless draw against Wales. Neil Taylor received a straight red card for the reckless challenge that led to Coleman leaving the field on a stretcher and being taken to hospital.

Taylor tried to apologise to Coleman after the game but the Ireland defender had already left the stadium.

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Chris Coleman wants no tension from his Wales team in Dublin derby

• Let’s just enjoy the occasion against Republic of Ireland, says manager
• Coleman keen to avoid repeat of Euro 2016 display against England

As Chris Coleman contemplated the challenge posed by a Republic of Ireland side enjoying the view from the top of Group D the Wales manager cast his mind back to that chastening defeat against England at Euro 2016 and the moment when he broke an alcohol curfew as he tried to come to terms with a game where his players were so wrapped up in the occasion that they ended up “wishing their lives away”.

That bitter experience serves as a salutary lesson to everyone in the Wales camp before a crucial World Cup qualifier in Dublin, where Coleman has urged his players to shut out all the background noise about a must-win match against their Celtic cousins, learn from their mistakes in France and take the game to Ireland.

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Wales’s Chris Coleman plots to sink Ireland in the land of his father

Return to Dublin stirs fond memories for the Wales manager once pursued by Jack Charlton but World Cup qualifying points are his priority

When all the drama is over at the Aviva Stadium late on Friday evening, following a World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland that Wales can ill-afford to lose, Chris Coleman will find a quiet moment to enjoy a pint of Guinness and remember his late father, who was born and raised in Dublin and passed away a little more than three years ago.

Paddy Coleman died in December 2013, aged 74, and it was an emotional journey that his three children made to Dublin to scatter his ashes on the river Liffey, close to one of the city’s most famous watering holes and in a country that was always close to his heart. “I took my two sisters over and Charlotte [my wife] came with me when we did it,” Coleman said. “It was his request. He always said: ‘Make sure that you do it there.’ So we did it outside the Brazen Head pub next to the river Liffey, which is the oldest pub in Dublin. It dates back to 1198 and the history is incredible and unbelievable. I thought it was poignant.”

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Wales’s Chris Coleman plots to sink Ireland in the land of his father

Return to Dublin stirs fond memories for the Wales manager once pursued by Jack Charlton but World Cup qualifying points are his priority

When all the drama is over at the Aviva Stadium late on Friday evening, following a World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland that Wales can ill-afford to lose, Chris Coleman will find a quiet moment to enjoy a pint of Guinness and remember his late father, who was born and raised in Dublin and passed away a little more than three years ago.

Paddy Coleman died in December 2013, aged 74, and it was an emotional journey that his three children made to Dublin to scatter his ashes on the river Liffey, close to one of the city’s most famous watering holes and in a country that was always close to his heart. “I took my two sisters over and Charlotte [my wife] came with me when we did it,” Coleman said. “It was his request. He always said: ‘Make sure that you do it there.’ So we did it outside the Brazen Head pub next to the river Liffey, which is the oldest pub in Dublin. It dates back to 1198 and the history is incredible and unbelievable. I thought it was poignant.”

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Jürgen Klopp fumes at Chris Coleman over Ben Woodburn’s Wales call-up

• Liverpool manager unhappy 17-year-old is thrust into spotlight
• Klopp was expecting a phone call from the Wales manager

Jürgen Klopp has revealed his exasperation over Chris Coleman’s decision to call up Liverpool’s Ben Woodburn to the Wales squad.

The 17-year-old striker, who was an unused substitute at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday where Liverpool drew 1-1 with Manchester City, has played for the Wales’ Under-19s and was propelled into the senior squad by Coleman following only seven first-team appearances at club level.

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Chris Coleman’s wife rules him out of Swansea City managerial job

• ‘My husband has said publicly after Wales we would hopefully move abroad’
• Paul Clement and Gary Rowett are main contenders to replace Bob Bradley

Swansea City’s search for a new manager took an unexpected twist when Chris Coleman’s wife publicly ruled him out of the job, leaving Paul Clement and Gary Rowett as the main contenders for the post. Coleman had emerged as the frontrunner to replace Bob Bradley but the 46-year-old remains committed to managing his country and, barring an unforeseen turn of events, will not be returning to club football soon.

Related: Bob Bradley could not escape the stigma against a US coach in British football

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The year in football: highs and lows of 2016 – from Allardyce to Zlatan

Leicester City’s title win was every bit the fairy story, as was Wales’ run at Euro 2016, but England displayed their unerring ability to ruin the mood

The year 2016 was a terrific one for the Premier League and a terrible 12 months for English football. Leicester City’s title success was every bit the fairy story, the perfect antidote to long held and justifiable fears that ordinary clubs could no longer dream of glory as the bigger institutions and the Champions League elite had effectively ringfenced all the prizes worth winning.

Related: A 2016 football moment to remember: Dejan Lovren sets the Kop on fire | Paul Doyle

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Chris Coleman and Ryan Giggs head Swansea shortlist to replace Bob Bradley

• Wales manager Coleman emerges as frontrunner after Bob Bradley’s sacking
• Giggs and former Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett also in the frame

Swansea City intend to spend the next 48 hours weighing up their options before deciding on their new manager, with Chris Coleman, Ryan Giggs and Gary Rowett emerging as the leading candidates to take over at the Liberty Stadium.

Related: Bob Bradley could not escape the stigma against a US coach in British football

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Chris Coleman: ‘Wales game against Republic of Ireland not a must-win’ – video

Wales manager Chris Coleman says the match against the Republic of Ireland on 24 March is not a must-win despite his side falling four points behind the Group D leaders after a 1-1 draw with Serbia. Gareth Bale was on the scoresheet again for his 26th …

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Wales trust ‘world class’ Aaron Ramsey to be fit enough to start Serbia qualifier

• ‘There’s not a team on the planet he couldn’t play for,’ says Coleman
• Midfielder has not completed 90 minutes for club or country since June

The last time Aaron Ramsey wore a Wales shirt, he left the field to a standing ovation in Lille, euphoric after leading his country to victory over Belgium in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 but devastated at picking up the yellow card that ruled him out of the last-four meeting with Portugal. Four months on and “Rambo” is back, not a moment too soon and with a glowing endorsement from Chris Coleman. “There’s not a team on the planet he couldn’t play for when he’s at his best,” the Wales manager said.

Ramsey, ruled out of the first three World Cup qualification fixtures after picking up a hamstring injury playing for Arsenal on the opening day of the season, returns to the starting lineup against Serbia in a pivotal match for his country and with every Wales supporter hoping he can pick up where he left off in France, where his outstanding performances led to him being named in Uefa’s team of the tournament.

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Chris Coleman and Claudio Ranieri named on shortlist for Fifa coach award

• Pair are among managers named on 10-man Fifa award shortlist
• Pep Guardiola, Jürgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino also listed

Chris Coleman and Claudio Ranieri have been included on the 10-man shortlist for the Fifa men’s coach-of-the-year award. Coleman guided Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 over the summer, while Ranieri oversaw Leicester’s shock surge to the Premier League title last season.

As well as the Foxes’ Italian boss, the other names from the English top-flight on the list are Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola, Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp and Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino.

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