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FAW confirms Chris Coleman to leave Wales

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The FAW has tonight confirmed that Chris Coleman is to leave his post as Wales manager.

In a statement, they said Coleman has resigned 'with immediate effect' and that they 'are extremely disappointed to see Chris' tenure as Wales manager come to an end.'

The 47-year-old was appointed manager in January 2012, and last year guided Wales to the semi-finals of EURO 2016.

We are extremely disappointed to see Chris’ tenure as Wales manager come to an end.

The FAW and Wales as a nation will be eternally grateful for the job he has done over the last six years as National Team Manager, from travelling the length and breadth of Wales outside of the media spotlight to talk to players and supporters, to guiding us to the semi-finals of the European Championships.

We wish Chris the very best of luck for the future as he returns to club management, a desire for which he has always been honest and open about.

– Jonathan Ford, Chief Executive of the Football Association of Wales

Kit Symons has also resigned from his position as National Team Coach.

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Chris Coleman to leave Wales for Sunderland

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Chris Coleman has resigned as Wales manager and is set to take over at Sunderland.

The 47-year-old is expected to be confirmed as Simon Grayson's successor within the coming hours.

Coleman was in charge for the 49th time as Panama's stoppage-time equaliser denied Wales victory in a 1-1 draw in Cardiff on Tuesday night.

Talks over Coleman's future as Wales manager have been ongoing, with his contract due to finish at the end of the month.

'Early warning' for Wales fans following long queues at Principality Stadium

There were long queues for the Australia match. Credit: Carl Edwards/ITV News

“The earlier you are, the quicker you’ll get in…”

That's the message from the WRU ahead of tomorrow's match against Georgia. Fans are used to arriving 45 minutes before a match. But increased security is in place.

Last weekend's match against Australia saw long queues with some fans missing the beginning of the match.

The WRU says the gates will open tomorrow at 11.30am; that is three hours before kick-off.

To allow for the increased security checks, we have doubled the amount of time that the stadium is open prior to kick-off from 90 minutes to three hours and broadcast this message as widely as possible.

Despite these efforts, only 10% of ticket holders arrived at the stadium in the first hour-and-a-half of opening last weekend.

As such, regrettably, the surge in arrivals later than we had advised slowed entry to the stadium, meaning some attendees missed the kick-off.

– Mark Williams, Principality Stadium manager

Dan Lydiate encourages young forwards to embrace Georgia 'baptism of fire'

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Dan Lydiate believes there will be "no better baptism of fire" than the one that awaits an inexperienced Wales pack tomorrow.

Lydiate, 29, captains a Wales team that sees the Ospreys flanker's 60-cap Test haul being almost twice the combined figure of his seven fellow forwards.

Prop Leon Brown, lock Adam Beard and flanker Sam Cross all make their first international starts, while Cardiff Blues second-row forward Seb Davies lines up at number eight for Georgia's Principality Stadium visit.

And with Georgia being renowned for their rugged, uncompromising approach up-front, Lydiate sees it as an ideal examination.

They (Georgia) will be rubbing their hands together. But to be fair, our boys will be doing the same. There will be nerves, but there is no better baptism of fire.

Time just flies, and now we have a load of youngsters coming through. In rugby, there will always be different stages of development, and at the moment I am at the back end of it and new boys are coming in.

I am excited to be here and captaining such a young bunch. As a pack, if we do well against a big, heavy Georgian eight, it will only stand us in good stead in the future.

– Dan Lydiate, Wales Captain

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