Wales boss Chris Coleman cool on Raymond Verheijen future

Chris Coleman has revealed "nothing is definite" as the Wales boss considers whether assistant Raymond Verheijen continues in his Wales backroom team.

Verheijen and Osian Roberts were Gary Speed's assistants before the death of the former Wales manager in November.

Coleman has appointed former Wales and Fulham team-mate Kit Symons into his management team and Roberts continues.

But when asked about Verheijen's role in the new Wales set-up, Coleman admitted: "Nothing is definite."

Coleman has had a "positive meeting" with Verheijen in London but the Dutch coach, who has worked at World Cups with the Netherlands, Russia, South Korea and Australia, has not yet been confirmed in the post.

Roberts and Verheijen will take charge of team affairs for the Gary Speed Memorial Match against Costa Rica at the Cardiff City Stadium on 29 February, as Wales pays tribute to their former captain and most-capped outfield player.

However, on Monday night Verheijen tweeted  : "Very surprised to hear from journalists I will be in charge of Wales vs Costa Rica game next week. Nobody of FAW [Football Association of Wales] has informed me about this."

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It'll be a first opportunity for us all to sit around and work together

Osian Roberts Wales assistant coach

What is certain is that Coleman will take a backseat for what is nominally the former Fulham manager's first game in charge of his country while he also considers Verheijen's Wales future.

"We had a very good conversation for three hours, it was very positive," Coleman told BBC Sport.

"We need to do this game for Gary and it is almost like everything is on standby as we all need to pay our respects to Gary.

"After that we can sit down and see where we are going forward."

Wales' Costa Rica friendly is not just a memorial match but the start of Coleman's preparations ahead of their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign in which Wales start at home to Belgium on 7 September .

The Welsh then have further friendlies against Mexico in New York on 27 May and against Bosnia-Herzegovina at home on 15 August.

"One aspect of it is it's a memorial match," explained coach Roberts.

"But the second aspect is that we need to be moving forward and using this as a springboard and building on the foundations that have been put in place.

"It's going to be the first opportunity for Chris and for Kit Symons to have a look at how things work around the camp, observe it, ask questions and tweak as we go along.

Wales fixtures in 2012

  • v Costa Rica (Cardiff, 29 February)
  • v Mexico (New York, 27 May)
  • v Bosnia-Herzegovina (home, 15 August)
  • v Belgium (home, 7 September)
  • v Serbia (away, 11 September
  • v Scotland (home, 12 October)
  • v Croatia (away, 16 October)

"Raymond and myself jointly will be in charge of the team and he [Coleman] is going to observe from a certain distance.

"Obviously he'll have his thoughts, certainly once everything is over he'll want to appraise that and tweak that as we go along."

Players including Wales captain Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale had said publicly they wanted Roberts and Verheijen to remain in their coaching roles and it now looks likely they will get their wish.

Wales win four of their last five games with Speed at the helm, rising to 42 in the latest Fifa rankings having started 2011 ranked 113th in the world.

Roberts believes that the new blend in the Coleman era is a recipe for further success and is looking forward to working with Fulham academy boss Symons.

"My understanding is that he will be part-time because of his role at Fulham, which is similar to what the approach has been in the past few years.," Roberts added.