- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) - Chris Coleman has signed a new two-year contract as Wales coach to take him through the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

The deal ends uncertainty over Coleman’s future as Wales prepares to go to France next month for the European Championship.

The 45-year-old Coleman was hired in 2012 after Gary Speed’s death and he has guided Wales to its first major tournament since the 1958 World Cup.

Coleman says he’s “delighted to get this opportunity to build on what we’ve achieved so far. It’s a big challenge but it’s one that I feel we can conquer.”

The Welsh open their Euro 2016 campaign against Slovakia in Bordeaux on June 11 before playing group games against England and Russia. World Cup qualifying begins in September.

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