Wales manager Chris Coleman wants Raymond Verheijen input

Chris Coleman
Coleman met with Raymond Verheijen in London

Wales manager Chris Coleman has indicated he wants Raymond Verheijen to be part of his backroom staff.

Verheijen has admitted he had a "positive" first meeting as Coleman plots the national team's future.

Coleman succeeded the late Gary Speed as manager in January, and senior players have backed Verheijen and coach Osian Roberts to remain involved.

"We're very much looking for that [Verheijen staying]," Coleman told BBC Sport Wales.

"But we've only had one meeting, so I spoke as much with Raymond as I did with Osian Roberts or anyone else - nothing special.

"People have made it into something that it's not, really. It was a productive meeting and we'll speak again. It was promising."

Coleman, who was appointed said his Wednesday meeting with Dutchman Verheijen in London lasted "two or three hours".

Verheijen is a players' favourite and wanted to take charge of Wales with Roberts before Coleman was appointed.

"Interesting meeting with new Wales manager Chris Coleman," Verheijen wrote on Twitterexternal-link. "Positive first impression."

Coleman was due to meet Verheijen, who has worked at World Cups with the Netherlands, Russia, South Korea and Australia, in Amsterdam last Friday, but snow meant the meeting was delayed until Wednesday and moved to London.

Coleman has appointed as part of his backroom staff.

Roberts will also remain part of the Wales set-up but Verheijen's future has been in doubt.

Coleman had "wanted to see where he is coming from".

Coleman had said previously: "A lot of people are saying: 'are you going to want to work with Raymond?' Well, maybe Raymond is not going to want to work with me.

"Raymond won't know me. He may know of me but he won't know me and I don't know Raymond. I know things about him but I've never been in his company and I've never had a chat."

Several Wales players, including Tottenham star Gareth Bale and captain Aaron Ramsey, publicly expressed their wish that Roberts and Verheijen continued in their roles.

Verheijen and Roberts were Speed's assistants during his reign that achieved five wins in 10 games as Wales made the during 2011, moving into the top 50 for the first time since April 2003.

Roberts and Verheijen are also set to take charge of Wales' next international friendly, the Gary Speed memorial match against Costa Rica in Cardiff on 29 February.

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