Euro 2016: Chris Coleman 'doesn't care' about critics

Chris Coleman succeeded the late Gary Speed as Wales manager in January 2012
Chris Coleman has managed Real Sociedad in Spain and Larissa in Greece
Euro 2016 qualifying: Wales v Bosnia-Hercegovina
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium Date: Friday, 10 October Kick-off: 19:45 BST
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio Wales, Radio Cymru & online

Manager Chris Coleman says he will never win over some of Wales' supporters and is "not bothered" by the criticism he receives.

Some Wales fans called on Coleman to resign following his side's performance in the 2-1 win over Andorra in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier.

But Coleman has defended his reign and said Wales had risen in Fifa's World rankings during his time in charge.

"I won't even try and win them over to be honest with you," Coleman said.

"I couldn't care a monkey's about them.

"I'm not bothered about that. All I know is that we've got a really good group of committed players who are on the right road."

Wales have back-to-back home matches against Bosnia-Hercegovina on Friday, 10 October and Cyprus three days later.

They will be without key midfielders Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen for the two games, much to Coleman's disappointment.

The former Fulham and Coventry City boss was appointed manager in January 2012 following the sudden death of Gary Speed.

Wales failed to win in his first four games in charge, which included a 6-1 defeat in Serbia.

Aaron Ramsey
Aaron Ramsey will miss Wales' qualifiers against Bosnia-Hercegovina and Cyprus because of a hamstring problem

The side managed only three wins in Coleman's first qualifying campaign and failed to reach this summer's World Cup finals in Brazil.

Wales are at their highest world ranking for 20 years after climbing 12 places to join Scotland in joint 29th, but Coleman says that is not enough to appease his critics.

"Certain people will always concentrate on the negatives," he added.

"Where are we meant to be? I don't know. Was I taking over a country that's repeatedly qualified for major tournaments? No.

"I knew what this job entailed as soon as I walked in through the door because of the nature of me getting it.

"Two years ago I said we've got to climb the rankings and we've done that. We're still doing it, it's not finished yet."

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