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24 Feb 2012 18:46:56

Verheijen - I'm off

Coach Raymond Verheijen says he is to resign from his role with the Wales national side and has accused the Football Association of Wales of "political and destructive games".

The outspoken Dutchman was brought into the national set-up by former manager Gary Speed, and helped to oversee a run of four wins from five games that had raised hopes of a successful qualifying campaign for the 2014 World Cup.

But, following Speed's death in November, Verheijen's position has been uncertain, and on Friday he posted on his Twitter account: "Earlier today I have informed the FAW I will resign. Have enough of their political & destructive games. Very sad day."

He added: "Very proud to be part of FIFA's most improved team in 2011. Would like to thank the players and fans for an amazing journey."

New manager Chris Coleman had held talks with Verheijen and Osian Roberts, who also worked under Speed, and the pair were due to take control of the side to face Costa Rica in a memorial match for their former boss next week.

Roberts had said he was hopeful that the trio, and new assistant manager Kit Symons, could work together.


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