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Boss staying on a boost - Vokes.

THE decision that Chris Coleman would be staying with Wales was immediately welcomed by striker Sam Vokes, who scored a brilliant header to help down Belgium in the famous 3-1 quarter-final win at Euro 2016.

He told Press Association Sport: "We're hoping he stays. He's been a massive part of what we're about, he's been a great manager. Being part of the squad, it was a lot to do with the gaffer, how he built the team and brought it together."

Burnley striker Vokes (pictured) also told Sky Sports News: "To see that he is staying is great news. Hopefully that can help us going into the World Cup campaign.

"He's been great. We had some tough times with Wales, obviously when (former manager) Gary Speed died it was a tough time and for Coleman to come in, it was hard.

"As a squad, we went through some tough results and tough games, but we came out the other side of that and I think that's what probably built us as a squad and him as a manager.

"He's great with the lads and gets on well with everyone. We have a good craic, but we know when to work hard and we do."

Former Fulham and Coventry boss Coleman had a tough time after succeeding Speed as Wales manager in January 2012.

Wales were never in the hunt for 2014 World Cup qualification after suffering an embarrassing 6-1 defeat in Serbia.

But Coleman stayed on and guided Wales to their first major tournament for 58 years when qualifying for Euro 2016.

Coleman signed a new two-year contract in May ahead of the European Championship and then oversaw Wales' bestever performance at a major tourna-ment.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Aug 3, 2016
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