Aaron Ramsey Unhappy At Welsh FA’s Hunt For A New Manager

Alan Duffy

10th, January 2012


By Alan Duffy

Finding a worthy replacement for Gary Speed was always going to be a tricky affair for the Welsh FA, but according to team captain Aaron Ramsey, the suits haven’t conducted the process properly at all.

Ramsey has revealed that neither he nor any of his Wales teammates have been consulted over the subject of a new boss, something that disappoints the Arsenal man.

On being asked if the Welsh FA had approached him for an opinion, Ramsey told Five Live:

“Disappointingly, no they haven’t. I’ve spoken to some of the other players as well and they haven’t been told anything.”

“Obviously in the circumstances I thought they would have contacted myself and a few other players to ask for our opinion. We don’t want to be taking a backwards step again and having a big change and players not wanting to turn up and play for their country.”

Ramsey is keen for the current coaching staff, including Speed’s assistants, Raymond Verheijen and Osian Roberts, to stay on.

However, with Sir Alex Ferguson reported to be firmly against Ryan Giggs taking the job, the question remains; just who can fill Speed’s shoes and build on his great work? Is Ian Rush a viable option? Chris Coleman? Anyone else?

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  1. Bakes says:

    Big John Hartson!

  2. Redskywalker says:


    “We don’t want to be taking a backwards step again and having a big change and players not wanting to turn up and play for their country.”

    I’d still play for my country if it was managed by a Korean Teenager. (Probably knows more than some managers)

    To play for your country is the highest honour in Football, turning it down because you don’t think the manager is right just boggles my brain.

  3. Mike D says:

    There is only one former Welsh Footballer who can do that job properly….Vinny Jones!

  4. Robbie Savage says:

    what about me?

  5. John says:

    Players don’t pick the manager. What a ridiculous thing for Ramsey to come out with..

  6. Jason says:

    I completely agree with Ramsey. Gary Speed instilled an ethos and a passion to the Welsh football team that hasn’t been seen for generations. The only people that truly knows what this is like are the players themselves. He is not asking to pick the manager but only the opportunity to be consulted, and as captain of his country shouldn’t he and a few senior players have this chance, especially considering so many were very close friends of Speed.
    I think the best candidate is Ryan Giigs not Pulis or even Vinny Jones as they would take the country back to kick and hope anti-football.

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