21 August 2019

Football coach Ludlow plays down Wales' Euro 2021 hopes

Wales' women's football coach Jayne Ludlow has implored people to remain realistic about their chances of qualifying for the 2021 European Championships. 

The 40-year-old former Arsenal player is in charge of all age groups throughout the Welsh set-up, as well as managing the senior side.

As a result, despite the national team having their first qualification game against the Faroe Islands on Thursday, Ludlow conceded she cannot dedicate all her time to the game.

She said: "The role I have is so big I don't have time to dwell on things.

"Tonight I will go home and watch an under-19s game from last week and prepare the performance squad sessions for this week. That is reality, that is my job.

"But in the future, do I hope that whoever is sitting here answering your questions is solely a national senior team manager? Hell yes.

"I can't categorically say it for the Faroes or Belarus, but the other teams we come up against have a full-time first team manager."

Ludlow has included four uncapped players in her squad for the upcoming match, including 15-year-old Carrie Jones.

"It would be nice to think we can make a success of this campaign but we are building for the future," she added.

"It might not be what people want to hear, but we are still building. There are lots of areas that we have to grow."

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