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Rob Page on Wales fans: ‘I know they want me out’

Rob Page is reportedly hanging on to his Wales job by a thread after a disappointing international break that has seen his Welsh side draw 0-0 with Gibraltar and lose 4-0 to Slovakia. Both results have left Wales fans reeling and calling for Page to resign or be sacked as manager.

Although the 49-year-old successfully led the nation to the World Cup for the first time since 1958 two years ago, the performances of the national team at the World Cup in Qatar and their failure to qualify for Euro 2024 despite being given an easy qualifying group led to some fans calling for a change in management.

Rob Page on Wales fans
Rob Page is no longer wanted by the vast majority of Wales fans – Photo by Icon Sport

After their embarrassing performances during the most recent international break, the overwhelming majority of Wales fans now want a change before the 2026 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Taking to social media, one Wales fan posted: “Rob Page is the Vaughan Gething of football managers. In denial and out of his depth. How is that four-year contract looking?”

Another added: “The real shame here is that Page came in amid turbulence, won the NL & reached a first WC in 64 years. What he did was, in isolation, special. That legacy is now being sullied w/ such a toxic ending. Lots of blame to be parcelled out but it’s a pity.”

Rob Page on Wales fans wanting him out

Speaking after the demoralising defeat to Slovakia on Sunday night, Page told reporters that he was well aware of the general feeling among Wales fans after two bad results.

The fans in Slovakia for the friendly match on Sunday night turned to sarcastic chanting to get their message heard. They repeatedly sang ‘in transition' in reference to Page's repeated comments about fans needing to be patient in the post-Gareth Bale era.

In response, Page said:

“The 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. I clapped them with the players and when the players walked, I made a point of going over to the supporters and saying ‘It’s on me’. I get the frustration.

“I feel low and disappointed, of course. I’m human at the end of the day and nobody wants to fail.”

On whether he thinks he will be in charge of Wales' next set of fixtures in September, he said:

“I’m the wrong person to be asking. Only the board, the chief executive, the president, the technical director – that’s a question for them. After camp, we” have conversations and one way or the other, we will decide on what’s right for Wales and move forward.”


Andy Delaney

Andy is a freelance sports writer with ten years of experience covering major sporting events across Europe. He has also been a season ticket holder at Old Trafford since 2008 and has visited over 40 football stadiums in the United Kingdom and abroad following the Reds.

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