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Chris Gunter to join FAW as National Team Development Coach

Wales’ Coach Chris Gunter. (Pic by John Smith/FAW)

The FAW is delighted to confirm that Chris Gunter will join the Cymru coaching staff as a National Team Development Coach following his playing retirement at the end of this season.

The part-time role will provide support for Cymru’s young players as they transition into senior team football and will also support the FAW’s work in securing talent in the National Team pathway.

Gunter has announced his retirement from professional football and says he is looking forward to the new role, commenting: “I feel incredibly fortunate and blessed to have enjoyed the highs and lows of the past 17/18 years. Over 700 games have brought many challenges and opportunities which through all of it I’ve always given my absolute all.

“None of it would have been possible without the support of my family from the moment I started playing football. They’ve followed and supported my journey every step of the way.

“However, I feel ready and excited for the next chapter of my career. I’m hugely thankful to the FAW, and Robert Page especially. Having completed my coaching badges, I will begin my new role from the summer. It’s an exciting opportunity to work alongside Rob, and the staff.”

Speaking about the appointment, the FAW’s Chief Football Officer Dr. David Adams said: “We are delighted to welcome Chris into our technical team as a development coach, his experiences will add huge value to our young players who transition into our Men’s Senior Squad.”

Rob Page’s side will continue the EURO 2024 qualifying journey next month against Armenia and Turkey. Tickets for the Armenia match on Friday 16 June at the Cardiff City stadium are available now for members of The Red Wall and will go on general sale Tuesday, 9 May.