Former Wales captain Ashley Williams believes that interim manager Robert Page deserves a long-term role. Ryan Giggs stepped down from the manager role in November 2020 and is currently facing charges of assaulting a former partner. Williams believes there is a chance they lose Page to a club side if they are not quick to offer him a long-term contract.
“I think Rob has done an excellent job. He should be rewarded. He definitely deserves a contract, no matter what happens at the World Cup. He is the man who spearheaded it and got us there. It shouldn’t depend on how we do at the World Cup. He’s done well for a long time,” former Wales captain Ashley Williams said about Robert Page. “You have a different rapport as an assistant or a coach, you are the good cop, but he’s handled the transition of moving into the hot seat really well, the players really like him. He has a good relationship with all the players. He’s spoken well when there have been shaky games in qualifying, but I think with the benefit of hindsight, all the big decisions, he made correctly.”
It’s nice for the players when there is a certainty. I remember when Chris Coleman left, everyone was gutted, you don’t want that to happen again,” he added. “Because of the good job he’s done, I am sure people are looking at him and thinking ‘let’s get him in the building’, so if the FAW values him and the good job he’s done, why not give him that contract? I think it’s important to show intent to the players and fans that that’s how they feel. I wouldn’t leave it up in the air… because I am sure clubs up and down the country are looking at him.”