Rob Page: Wales manager signs new four-year deal after guiding team to first World Cup in 64 years | Soccer News

Rob Page has been rewarded for his excellent work as manager of Wales with a new four-year contract.

The former defender, who earned 41 caps for Wales, took over as caretaker manager when then-manager Ryan Giggs was arrested in November 2020.

Page was then given the role full-time, with a contract until the end of the 2022 World Cup, when Giggs stepped down in June 2022.

Page enjoyed a productive spell in charge and led Wales to qualify for the World Cup this winter with a 1-0 win over Ukraine in the play-offs in June.

Wales – who will take part in the tournament for the first time in 64 years – are in the same group as England, the United States and Iran.

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Wales players celebrate qualifying for the World Cup in June

Page – who was previously Wales U21 manager and assistant to Giggs – also led Wales to the Euro 2020 round of 16, as well as promotion to the Nations League first tier.

After signing his new contract, Page said: “There is no greater honor than coaching your national team and I look forward to the challenge that the next four years will bring, starting with our first World Cup in 64 years.

“It’s an exciting time for Welsh football and I hope we can do the country proud in November and continue our success by qualifying for other major tournaments in the future.”

Football Association of Wales (FAW) chairman Steve Williams added: “I am delighted that Rob and the FAW have agreed a four-year deal to take the Cymru Men’s National Team to the next level.

“The World Cup is the perfect opportunity to show Wales on the world stage and I am convinced that Rob is the best person for this role, in Qatar and beyond.”

Wales’ next matches are in the Nations League against Belgium in Brussels on September 22 and Poland in Cardiff on September 25.

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