Chris Coleman replaces Gary Speed as Wales manager

Wales end 'respectful and dignified' search for Speed's successor by unveiling Coleman

Taking over: Chris Coleman

Taking over: Chris Coleman

Wales have unveiled Chris Coleman as Gary Speed's replacement – after their 'respectful and dignified' search.

After Speed's suicide in November, the Football Association of Wales have taken their time before appointing the new man.

Today they have confirmed Coleman as his successor and revealed how tough it was to replace their former manager.

FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford
said: 'This has been a very difficult process. We have explored every
avenue ,every scenario possible. We have taken on board the thoughts and
views of the backroom staff, the players and the supporters.

'All along we believe that we have
been respectful and dignified and had no wish to be involved in a public
debate on the appointment of Gary’s successor.

'Gary was the manager of Welsh football and of course we want to continue his legacy.

'He was not a figurehead, he was the
manager and that is why we have decided on the appointment of Chris
Coleman to build on the excellent foundations put in place by Gary.'