ROBERT PAGE is set to sign a new four-year agreement with Wales.
The Dragons coach led his country to the World Cup for the first time since 1958 after the final victory over Ukraine in June.
Talks have been ongoing since then, but SunSport can reveal that Paige is close to agreeing to a long-term contract with the Wales Football Association with an official announcement soon.
The new conditions will include qualification campaigns for both Euro 2024 and the World Cup in 2026.
Page has been in charge of Wales since Ryan Giggs was arrested in November 2020 before the former Manchester United winger stepped down in June ahead of his domestic violence trial.
The 41-match former defender, who was Giggs’ assistant before taking over as interim coach, will lead Team Dragons against the United States on November 21 in Qatar before they also face Iran and arch-rivals England in Group B.
Big was in charge of 24 matches, winning 10, drawing 8 and losing only six, and after defeating Ukraine, FIFA extended his current deal until the end of the World Cup.
But the new contract will allow the 47-year-old to plan ahead and end any uncertainty over his position.
SunSport reports that Wales stars Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey have been concerned about a lack of progress on Page’s contract.
Captain Bale, who is planning to play in Euro 2024 and possibly even the World Cup in the USA, Canada and Mexico if Wales qualify, has already publicly pledged to support Paige in becoming his country’s long-term coach after this winter’s finals.
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“He’s a long-term coach,” Bale said in June. “I don’t think there is any question in the changing room or from the fans.
“He did a great job under difficult circumstances.
“I think that’s why you achieve great things when your team is happy and your manager is doing well.”