Wales national football team manager

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Chris Coleman is the current manager of Wales, having been in the role since 2011. He led the team to the UEFA Euro 2016 semi-finals.

Since the Wales national football team's formation in 1876, it has had twelve managers. Prior to 1954, the Welsh team was chosen by a panel of selectors with the team captain fulfilling the role of coach.

The longest serving manager is Dave Bowen, who was manager for ten years before leaving in 1974. Bowen was in charge of the team for fifty-three games, winning ten. However, his win percentage of 20% is the lowest of all Wales managers. The most successful manager in terms of wins was John Toshack.

Jimmy Murphy and Chris Coleman are the only managers to have taken the team to any FIFA World Cup or UEFA European Championship finals. Murphy led his team to the 1958 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals, where they were knocked out by Brazil. Coleman led his team to the UEFA Euro 2016 semi-finals, where they were knocked out by eventual winners Portugal. Under Coleman, Wales peaked at eighth in the FIFA world rankings.

List of managers[edit]

As of 24 March 2017
Name Career First game Final game Pld Wins Draws Loss Goals
For
Goals
against
Win
%
Barnes, WalleyWalley Barnes 1954–1956 9 May 1954 vs  Austria[1] 11 Apr 1956 vs  Northern Ireland[1] 9 2 1 6 10 17 22
Murphy, JimmyJimmy Murphy 1956–1964 20 Oct 1956 vs  Scotland[1] 20 Nov 1963 vs  Scotland[1] 43 11 13 19 59 79 26
Morris, TrevorTrevor Morris (c) 1964 15 Apr 1964 vs  Northern Ireland[1] 1 0 0 1 2 3 0
Bowen, DaveDave Bowen 1964–74 3 Oct 1964 vs  Scotland[1] 18 May 1974 vs  Northern Ireland[1] 53 10 13 30 49 84 20
England Smith, MikeMike Smith 1974–1979 4 Sep 1974 vs  Austria[1] 21 Nov 1979 vs  Turkey[1] 40 15 11 14 49 39 38
England, MikeMike England 1980–1987 17 Mar 1980 vs  England[1] 11 Nov 1987 vs  Czechoslovakia[1] 56 21 18 17 68 52 38
Williams, DavidDavid Williams (c) 1988 23 Mar 1988 vs  Yugoslavia[1] 1 0 0 1 1 2 0
Yorath, TerryTerry Yorath 1988–1993 27 Apr 1988 vs  Sweden[1] 17 Nov 1993 vs  Romania[1] 41 16 8 17 48 54 39
Toshack, JohnJohn Toshack 1994 9 Mar 1994 vs  Norway[1] 1 0 0 1 1 3 0
England Smith, MikeMike Smith 1994–1995 20 Apr 1994 vs  Sweden[1] 6 Sep 1995 vs  Moldova[1] 10 3 1 6 9 19 30
England Gould, BobbyBobby Gould 1995–1999 11 Oct 1995 vs  Germany[1] 5 June 1999 vs  Italy[1] 24 7 4 13 32 47 29
Hughes, MarkMark Hughes &
Southall, NevilleNeville Southall (c)
1999 9 June 1999 vs  Denmark 1 0 0 1 1 2 0
Hughes, MarkMark Hughes 1999–2004 4 Sep 1999 vs  Belgium[1] 13 Oct 2004 vs  Poland[1] 41 11 15 15 46 49 27
Toshack, JohnJohn Toshack 2005–2010 9 Feb 2005 vs  Hungary[1] 3 Sep 2010 vs  Montenegro[1] 53 22 8 23 61 56 42
Flynn, BrianBrian Flynn (c) 2010 8 Oct 2010 vs  Bulgaria[1] 12 Oct 2010 vs   Switzerland[1] 2 0 0 2 1 5 0
Speed, GaryGary Speed 2010–2011 8 Feb 2011 v  Republic of Ireland[1] 12 Nov 2011 v  Norway[1] 10 5 0 5 13 13 50
Coleman, ChrisChris Coleman 2011– 29 Feb 2012 v  Costa Rica[1] 41 16 9 16 46 51 39

Managers at the World Cup/European Championship finals[edit]

Final Manager Pld Win(s) Draw(s)^ Loss(s) Goals For Goals Against Position
1958 Sweden Murphy, JimmyJimmy Murphy 5 1 3 1 4 4 Quarter-final
2016 France Coleman, ChrisChris Coleman 6 4 0 2 10 6 Semi-final

^ Draws also include penalties.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab "Manager's Record". WelshFootballOnline. 30 July 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2010.