Ramsey hits out at Welsh FA over failure to ask captain over Coleman appointment
Wales captain Aaron Ramsey has hit out at the Welsh FA for their failure to consult the players over the soon-to-be confirmed appointment of manager Chris Coleman, following the death of Gary Speed in November.
The Arsenal playmaker is upset about potential upheavals among the backroom staff and even a change in the team's style of play, saying he was 'disappointed' with the Welsh FA not asking the players what they thought about a potential new manager.
Unhappy: Aaron Ramsey is disappointed with the Welsh FA
Ramsey then turned to Twitter to clarify his comments, fiercely defending the reason for his statement. He posted a series of tweets, reading:
'Firstly I would like to clarify my point. I used the word disappointed for a reason. We have just lost our manager and leader through a tragedy and not footballing reasons.
'For that reason I would have thought they would have contacted the players to hear what we thought would be the best way forward to continue our recent success on the pitch, in which we have been building for the world cup qualifiers for the last 11 months with a clear view.
'With regards to being badly advised in my comments I am a grown man and captain of my country, to which I care deeply about the future of Welsh football.
'I wasn’t advised by anyone and nor would I need to be. I gave an honest answer to a specific question and everything I said was done with my best intentions, hence the fact I am willing to stand behind my beliefs and not leave my comments nameless.'
New: Chris Coleman will be appointed Wales manager in January
Initially Ramsey said: 'Disappointingly, they [the FAW] haven't [contacted me]. Other players haven't been told anything.
'I've heard that other countries have a meeting with some of their players.'
He continued: 'Obviously in the circumstances I would have thought that they [the FAW] would have contacted myself and a few other players to ask about our opinions.'
Ramsey was adamant the spirit and style Speed bred within the team needed to be maintained.
'We don't want to be taking a backward step again and having a big change and players not wanting to turn up and play for their country.
'At the moment everybody wants to play, everybody is reporting for international duty and enjoying themselves.
'It's going to be an interesting time for us and one that we're going to have to put our opinions across to help make the right decisions here.
'We don't want a new manager who is going to bring in a whole new staff.
'Gary brought in a lot of staff and we had a structure there, which we all knew what we had to do.
'We just want as little change as possible; we had great results in the last few games and the team was playing full of confidence.
Defence: Ramsey defended his initial statement with vigour
Style: Ramsey said the players liked Gary Speed's style of play
'The style that he and the staff have shown us, we've adapted to well and we don't want to have a big change again now and have to go through that process again which is just going to set us back.'
Ramsey hopes that assistants Raymond Verhaijen and Osian Roberts are allowed to stay as part of the set up.
'I've spoken to a few of the other players about it and they all feel the same as I do and I think we need to keep the staff that we have now,' Ramsey said.
'What we have done so far has been really good and we can still build on that, so keeping the same people there is going to be key to our success.
'We don't want a new manager who is going to bring in a whole new staff and things like that, which is going to bring their own style and techniques and then we're going to have to adapt to that.'
'I think someone like Ian Rush, who said that he'd just be a figurehead and would support the way we're [playing] right now, maybe that would be a good option.
'I think [Giggs] is very experienced, he's done the majority of things as a player and could offer some great advice to the teams and things.
'I'm not sure what his feelings are, but somebody like that would be a great appointment.'
Despite Ramsey's hopes, former Fulham, Coventry City and Real Sociedad manager Coleman was appointed, after resigning as manager of Greek side Larissa.
Coleman has however previously said he would be willing to work alongside Verhaijen and Roberts as Wales boss.