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Wales Dismiss Manager Rob Page After Three and a Half Years

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Wales Dismiss Manager Rob Page After Three and a Half Years

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) has announced the dismissal of Rob Page after a tenure of three and a half years as the national team’s manager. Page, 49, achieved historic milestones by leading Wales to their first World Cup in 64 years and advancing to the second round of Euro 2020.

However, his tenure ultimately ended due to Wales’ failure to qualify for Euro 2024, compounded by dismal friendly performances against Gibraltar and Slovakia this month.

FAW officials deliberated for over a week before concluding that a managerial change was essential. Page’s tenure had been under scrutiny since the 2022 World Cup, where Wales’ underwhelming performance drew criticism. An embarrassing home defeat by Armenia during the Euro 2024 qualifiers intensified the pressure.

Despite a spirited victory over Croatia, Wales’ dreams of a third consecutive European Championship appearance were dashed in a penalty shootout loss to Poland in the play-off final in March.

FAW President Steve Williams initially supported Page, affirming his position for the 2026 World Cup qualifying campaign. However, less than three months later, the decision to part ways was made.

Dave Adams, FAW’s Chief Football Officer, expressed gratitude for Page’s contributions, stating, “I would like to thank Rob for his work with the association over the last seven years, firstly as the under-21s head coach and then onto the role of Cymru [Wales] head coach.”

FAW Chief Executive Noel Mooney added, “On behalf of myself and the entire FAW, I extend our heartfelt gratitude to Rob for his commitment and dedication.

Under his leadership, our Cymru men’s team achieved significant milestones, including our first World Cup in 64 years.”

 

Wales’ June international window was disappointing, with a youthful side drawing against Gibraltar and a stronger lineup suffering a 4-0 defeat to Slovakia. Despite missing several key players, Page faced boos and criticism from fans after both matches.

“They [Wales’ fans] want me out. I completely understand. I’ve got to stay true to myself and focused on the job in hand. Everything else is out of my control,” Page commented following the Slovakia defeat.

Page assumed the role of Wales manager in November 2020, initially as a temporary replacement for Ryan Giggs before being appointed permanently. He was praised for guiding Wales through the Euro 2020 group stages, though they were eliminated by Denmark in the second round.

He also led Wales to World Cup qualification by beating Ukraine in a play-off, though their World Cup campaign ended early with a single point from three group matches against Iran and England.

Despite being awarded a contract until 2026 before the World Cup, Page departs before the Nations League’s return in September. Over his tenure, Page managed Wales in 45 matches, securing 15 wins, 15 draws, and 15 losses, including the Poland shootout.

Wales will next compete in the Nations League opener against Turkey on 6 September, followed by a match in Montenegro three days later. World Cup qualifying for European nations is set to begin in spring 2025.

For more details, visit the BBC Sport Wales.

 


 

 

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Ballon d’Or 2024: Spain Coach Snubs Vinicius and Bellingham, Picks Euro 2024 Best Player as Favourite

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The debate over who deserves the 2024 Ballon d’Or continues to divide fans and pundits. Initially, Jude Bellingham and Vinicius Junior were the frontrunners, especially with their performances leading up to the European Championship and Copa America.

However, their outings in these tournaments have seemingly diminished their chances.

Spain’s manager, Luis de la Fuente, fresh off leading La Roja to victory in the European Championship, has weighed in on the matter. Following Spain’s 2-1 triumph over England in the final at Olympiastadion on Sunday, July 14, the 63-year-old coach revealed his pick for the prestigious award.

De la Fuente’s team, widely praised as the best at the tournament, secured their reputation with a well-deserved victory. Consequently, de la Fuente’s endorsement carries significant weight, further shaking up the Ballon d’Or race.

 

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PSG Tables €200m Bid for Osimhen and Kvaratskhelia

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French giants PSG have reportedly made a stunning €200m bid for Napoli stars Victor Osimhen and Khvicha  Kvaratskhelia.

Osimhen, whose summer transfer market release clause is €130m, could be sold for €100m as Napoli appears ready to offload the Nigerian international. The proposed deal splits as €110m for Osimhen and €90m for the Georgian winger.

Reports from Corriere dello Sport indicate that PSG and Saudi club Al Ahli are keen on signing Osimhen. However, the striker dreams of playing in the Premier League and is not considering a move to the Saudi Pro League.

Despite the offer, Napoli has maintained that Kvaratskhelia is not for sale, having previously rejected a €110m bid from PSG in June. The Serie A champions remain firm on their stance regarding the talented winger.

Meanwhile, Premier League clubs Arsenal and Chelsea have shown interest in the 25-year-old Osimhen but have balked at the full €130m release fee. Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis might accept a lower offer if it arrives soon, allowing the club to pursue Romelu Lukaku, their primary target.

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Transfer News Live: Chelsea Renew Pursuit of Osimhen with Blockbuster Swap Deal

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Chelsea is reigniting their interest in Napoli’s star striker, Victor Osimhen, by reportedly offering one of their top talents in a blockbuster swap deal.

The transfer saga surrounding Osimhen continues to unfold. Despite having a verbal agreement to leave Napoli this summer, no European club has met his €130 million release clause.

 

Chelsea’s Tempting Offer for Osimhen

According to transfer expert Rudy Galetti, Chelsea is determined to secure Osimhen and is proposing a deal that includes Cesare Casadei, Romelu Lukaku, and a significant cash sum.

 

New Napoli manager Antonio Conte is eager to reunite with Lukaku, his former Inter Milan star, but negotiations have been challenging. Chelsea is also looking to offload Armando Broja and Trevoh Chalobah, though Napoli has shown no interest in these players.

 

With Arsenal reportedly out of the race for Osimhen, Chelsea remains hopeful that Napoli will accept their swap deal to finalize this high-profile transfer.

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