Chris Coleman isn’t a happy man, revealing that Newcastle United’s Paul Dummett has knocked him back.

After playing more Championship matches (44 starts and one off bench) than any other Newcastle player this past season, Dummett has turned his back on international football.

Chris Coleman says that Dummett’s agent had called him to make clear he wasn’t interested in being called up any longer.

The Geordie defender has been a regular member of Coleman’s squads but has only been given 32 minutes in two friendlies, the rest of the time sitting out the games.

The player’s name was surprisingly missing after Coleman named his squad for the crucial match against Serbia on 11 June.

Wales are third in qualifying Group D, four points behind leaders Serbia and the Republic of Ireland, with all teams having played five of the 10 games so far.

Maybe the key moment was when Paul Dummett was included in a pre-Euro 2016 training camp but was not then selected in the squad for the tournament in France.

Since then he has been included in squads for World Cup qualifiers but never got onto the pitch.

Turning 26 in September, it is surely little surprise that he has had enough of being messed about by Chris Coleman.

Clearly Coleman wanted to include Dummett in this latest squad but if he had gone along as usual, the left-back would have had then only three weeks before Newcastle begin pre-season training (3 July).

Chris Coleman:

“Paul Dummett doesn’t want to play international football, which is a disappointment from our point of view.

“But he has made that decision and we have to abide by that.

“We will get on with the squad of players, the squad who want to play and represent Wales.

“There’s nothing we can do with Paul who’s decided that international football is not the path he wants to go down.

“Sometimes you have to be patient, especially because the team we have at the moment has been hugely successful.

“It is a shame because he’s a good player.

“I haven’t spoken to Paul. His agent rang me up to give me the news.

“I was disappointed but if he doesn’t want to persevere with it then that’s his choice. We’ve got to look after the players who want to play for us”.



  • Toonrobbybobson

    Booo hooooo. What happens shen players get messed about but Coleman will cry wolf when its of his own making.

  • Dummett has a lot to prove to Newcastle fans in the Premier League and he will either fail or become our John Terry.
    The lad has show he’s learned a lot and bested the best wide-players in the Championship, but we’ll see how he fares in the Prem

  • mentalman

    its understandable really, when you look at the players who are getting in the squad ahead of him.

    Then you get the coach having a swipe saying he doesn’t want to play for wales when in fact he’s probably quit because he does want to play and isn’t

    • MadMag83

      Probably change his mind if Coleman leaves.

  • Peaco

    Why did Chris Coleman feel it necessary to broadcast this?

  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    Im very disappointed that Dummet is a Newcastle United footballer .. we desperately need a quality upgrade this summer

  • Doug Dacre

    Coleman says “I haven’t spoken to Paul” That about says it all….I bet he speaks to Bale and Ramsey quite often.

    • Damon Horner

      Good point. I know it’s bad that Dummett done this through his agent (he might have his reasons before we judge) but that line shows he hasn’t followed up and probably had no intention to.

  • MadMag83

    Can’t say I blame Dummett. If he can’t get a game for Wales then why bother.

  • Rich Lawson

    so presumably he wants to concentrate on getting a regular place in our prem team as well,good boy ?

  • Big Al 1967

    I wonder is Coleman’s ex-wife and kids were disappointed when he kicked them out of the family home so he could shack up with Charlotte Jackson. Horrible human being who for me is the Welsh version of Pardew….if he was made of chocolate he would eat himself and is quite happy to take all the credit for all the groundwork that the late Gary Speed done.

  • 1957

    Clearly Dummett feels he isn’t getting a fair crack of the whip and can’t see himself getting games under Coleman so it’s understandable, having said that I don’t think Paul is international standard.

    As someone mentioned earlier if Coleman leaves and the new manager made an approach, I’m sure he would reconsider.

    • YorkieGeordie

      Not International class for Wales you gott be joking – half the Mackems could get into that squad

  • Ken Toon

    We will get on with the squad of players, the squad who want to play and represent Wales.

    Numb nuts, he wants to play for Wales but you didn’t give him a chance you muppet. It’s worse always picking him for the squad then not playing him, than not picking him.