Wales national football team manager

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Chris Coleman was the manager of Wales from 2012 to 2017. 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 13 October 2019
Name Career First game Final game Pld Wins Draws Loss Goals
For
Goals
against
Win
%
Walley Barnes 1954–1956 9 May 1954 vs  Austria[1] 11 Apr 1956 vs  Northern Ireland[1] 9 2 1 6 10 17 22
Jimmy Murphy 1956–1964 20 Oct 1956 vs  Scotland[1] 20 Nov 1963 vs  Scotland[1] 43 11 13 19 59 79 26
Trevor Morris (c) 1964 15 Apr 1964 vs  Northern Ireland[1] 1 0 0 1 2 3 0
Dave Bowen 1964–74 3 Oct 1964 vs  Scotland[1] 18 May 1974 vs  Northern Ireland[1] 53 10 13 30 49 84 20
England Mike Smith 1974–1979 4 Sep 1974 vs  Austria[1] 21 Nov 1979 vs  Turkey[1] 40 15 11 14 49 39 38
Mike England 1980–1987 17 Mar 1980 vs  England[1] 11 Nov 1987 vs  Czechoslovakia[1] 56 21 18 17 68 52 38
David Williams (c) 1988 23 Mar 1988 vs  Yugoslavia[1] 1 0 0 1 1 2 0
Terry Yorath 1988–1993 27 Apr 1988 vs  Sweden[1] 17 Nov 1993 vs  Romania[1] 41 16 8 17 48 54 39
John Toshack 1994 9 Mar 1994 vs  Norway[1] 1 0 0 1 1 3 0
England Mike Smith 1994–1995 20 Apr 1994 vs  Sweden[1] 6 Sep 1995 vs  Moldova[1] 10 3 1 6 9 19 30
England Bobby Gould 1995–1999 11 Oct 1995 vs  Germany[1] 5 June 1999 vs  Italy[1] 24 7 4 13 32 47 29
Mark Hughes &
Neville Southall (c)
1999 9 June 1999 vs  Denmark 1 0 0 1 1 2 0
Mark Hughes 1999–2004 4 Sep 1999 vs  Belgium[1] 13 Oct 2004 vs  Poland[1] 41 11 15 15 46 49 27
John Toshack 2005–2010 9 Feb 2005 vs  Hungary[1] 3 Sep 2010 vs  Montenegro[1] 53 22 8 23 61 56 42
Brian Flynn (c) 2010 8 Oct 2010 vs  Bulgaria[1] 12 Oct 2010 vs   Switzerland[1] 2 0 0 2 1 5 0
Gary Speed 2010–2011 8 Feb 2011 v  Republic of Ireland[1] 12 Nov 2011 v  Norway[1] 10 5 0 5 13 13 50
Chris Coleman 2012–2017 29 Feb 2012 v  Costa Rica[1] 14 Nov 2017 v  Panama[1] 49 19 13 17 52 56 39
Ryan Giggs 2018–present 22 Mar 2018 v  China PR - 18 8 3 7 21 17 44.44

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 Jimmy Murphy 5 1 3 1 4 4 Quarter-finals
2016 France Chris Coleman 6 4 0 2 10 6 Semi-finals

^ 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 ac "Manager's Record". WelshFootballOnline. 30 July 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2010.