Why Wales will miss the influence of Osian Roberts following move to Morocco to become their new Technical Director?

The FAW was shocked to learn yesterday that Osian Roberts had decided to leave his post as assistant manager of Wales, to become Morocco’s new Technical Director.

The 54-year-old was a fantastic servant for Wales and will no doubt be missed dearly by fans and players, alike.

He was a brilliant motivator and was part of the management team, which saw Wales reach the semi-final of the European Championships, in 2016 – an incredible achievement for the country.

Chris Coleman, who left his role as manager of Wales in 2017 will, of course, take the credit for all the hard work he put in. But the influence which Roberts had cannot be denied. He was loved by all of the Welsh players and helped to inspire their march into the semi-finals of the Euros just as much as Coleman did.

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Not only that, but Roberts is also the head instructor of the UEFA Pro Licence course in Wales – where legends like Thierry Henry have earned their badges.

Speaking to the BBC, Roberts admitted he was ready to take on the Wales managerial job before Giggs was appointed – but was overlooked.

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Roberts built a close relationship with former Wales manager Chris Coleman, who he worked alongside for five years – between 2012 and 2017.

He said: “I felt genuinely I was ready for the ‘main job’ but the FAW in their wisdom believed differently,”

“I have always succeeded in declining several lucrative and challenging opportunities in the past, including an assistant manager role in a major EPL clubs as recent as a few weeks ago.

“But because of my loyalty to my country I never wanted to walk away from my country,” added the 54 year-old.

“However, I feel I can help Wales more by opening the door for a new catalyst for the national teams and each of the programmes by allowing the next person to take it on.”

There is no doubt it has left a big void to fill. Wales will now have to look forward but without the influence of the brilliant Roberts – who was also the assistant manager to the late Gary Speed – when Wales’ rise to brilliance began.

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