Rob Page has signed a new four-year contract with Wales that will take in Euro 2024 and the 2026 World Cup campaign as well as this year’s finals in Qatar.
Page has enjoyed unprecedented success in charge of his country, reaching the last of 16 of Euro 2020 and making history by leading Wales to a World Cup for the first time in 64 years.
Page’s deal was due to expire after the World Cup later this year. The 48-year-old had been in interim charge since November following Ryan Giggs’s arrest. Giggs resigned as manager in June. Last month a jury failed to reach verdicts on charges of assault and controlling behaviour against the former Manchester United winger. Giggs, who will face a retrial next July, denies all wrongdoing.
The former Port Vale and Northampton manager previously worked as an assistant to Giggs and also coached Wales’s under-21s, overseeing the progression of several players into the senior side, including Daniel James, Joe Rodon, Joe Morrell and Chris Mepham.
“There is no bigger honour than coaching your national team and I can’t wait for the challenge the next four years will bring, starting with our first World Cup in 64 years,” said Page, who won 41 caps for his country. “This is an exciting time for Welsh football and I hope we can make the country proud in November and continue our success by qualifying for more major tournaments in the future.”
Page will name his squad for upcoming Nations League matches against Belgium and Poland on Wednesday. The FAW’s chief executive, Noel Mooney, said the stability a new contract provides would only benefit the team. “I am confident that Rob is the best person to bring us more success over the next four years,” Mooney said. “By putting the correct foundations in place, I am sure that we will see Rob and the team qualify for more major tournaments in the near future and continue to grow the positivity and support around Welsh football at the moment.”