Robert Page gives Wales a huge World Cup boost when he signs a four-year deal to officially take over Ryan Giggs as boss

ROBERT PAGE has given Wales a perfect World Cup tonic by signing a new four-year deal.

The 48-year-old Dragons boss led his country to a first global tournament since 1958 but was expected to be out of contract by the end of December’s finals in Qatar.

Robert Page has signed a new four-year deal with Wales

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Robert Page has signed a new four-year deal with WalesCredit: Alamy

But as SunSport exclusively reported on August 25, Page has agreed new terms with the Football Association of Wales, committing until 2026.

Page, whose side face arch-rivals England, USA and Iran in Group B at the start of the World Cup in November, said: “There is no greater honor than coaching your national team.

“I can’t wait for the challenges of the next four years, starting with our first Fifa World Cup in 64 years.

“This is an exciting time for Welsh football and I hope we can do the country proud in November and continue our success by qualifying for more major tournaments in the future.”

Page was Wales manager for 24 games, winning ten, drawing eight and losing just six since stepping up from deputy boss following the arrest of Ryan Giggs in November 2020.

Giggs finally resigned as Dragons boss in June ahead of his recent domestic violence trial, which saw no verdict from the jury and the ex-Manchester United winger faces a retrial next year.

Talks about Page’s future have been ongoing since June’s play-off final win over Ukraine before a deal was finally reached last month.

His new deal means the former defender, who has 41 caps, will lead Wales into the qualifying campaigns for Euro 2024 and the 2026 World Cup, set to take place in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

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During his tenure, Page has won promotion to the top division of the Nations League and reached the last 16 of Euro 2020 before making history when Gareth Bale’s free-kick against Ukraine guided Wales to Qatar.

Captain Bale – who intends to continue for Wales beyond the World Cup – is a big supporter of Page, who will release his squad for this month’s Nations League doubles game against Belgium and Poland tomorrow morning.

FAW President Steve Williams said, “I am delighted that Rob and the FAW have agreed a four-year deal to lead the Cymru Men’s National Team to the next phase.

“The World Cup is the perfect opportunity to showcase Wales on the world stage and I am convinced that Rob is the best person to fill the role, in Qatar and beyond.”

Wales Chief Executive Noel Mooney added: “The FAW’s strategic plan, ‘Our Wales’, has clear ambitions for our men’s national team.

“I am confident that Rob is the best person to make us even more successful over the next four years.

“I’m sure by laying the right foundations we will qualify Rob and the team for more major tournaments in the near future and continue to build the positivity and support around Welsh football at the moment.”

Gareth Bale intends to continue for Wales beyond the World Cup

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Gareth Bale intends to continue for Wales beyond the World CupCredit: PA

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