by Martin Townley, Impetus‘ Wales correspondent (9/1/23).
Above: Cymru head coach Gemma Grainger, who today signed a new deal with the FAW. Photo: FAW.
Cymru head coach Gemma Grainger has signed a new contract with the FAW to extend her time as the national team manager. The news comes after Cymru narrowly missed out on a place at next years World Cup.
Grainger will guide the Dragons into qualifying for both the 2025 Euros and the 2027 World Cup. The 2023 World Cup campaign was Grainger’s first as Cymru boss and the former England assistant coach took Cymru to their first play-off.
A historic win over Bosnia in front of a record 15,200 supporters at Cardiff City Stadium set up a final against Switzerland. Welsh hopes were dashed by an added time goal in extra time, but the campaign exceeded expectations and saw Cymru go further than ever before.
Speaking about the new deal Grainger said, “I’m delighted to have signed a new contract and extend my journey working with this special group of players. I’m an ambitious coach, these players are ambitious and the FAW are ambitious, so all those things are a great match.
“We want to drive our progress and momentum from the last qualifying campaign, both on and off the pitch, and take that forward into the new year and the next two qualifying campaigns.”
Grainger’s first challenge will come in the Pinatar Cup where her side will face Iceland, Scotland, and the Philippines. This will be a good warm-up before Euro 2025 qualifying begins in the spring of 2024.
FAW Chief Executive Noel Moody is looking forward to continuing the strides the national team have may saying, “We have made huge strides with the women’s national team and our focus now is firmly on qualifying for UEFA Euro 2025 and the 2027 FIFA World Cup.
“This group has captured the imagination of the Welsh public and we have no doubt they will break new glass ceilings for Welsh football in the coming years.”
Grainger, 40 now has the chance to make more history by leading Cymru to their first-ever major tournament.