One of the heroes of Wales’ Euro 2016 campaign said he was “humbled and honoured” as he received an Honorary Fellowship from Bangor University.
Manager Chris Coleman was given the award for his achievement in leading Wales to the semi-finals in France in an historic and memorable campaign.
He joined students in the first of 10 graduation ceremonies at the university’s Prichard Jones Hall on Monday morning.
Mr Coleman told the Daily Post: “It’s not something I thought I would receive.
“In my industry, as a manager, you get your head down and try to get good results.
“I know it’s a big week for the the university and the graduates, and for me to be included in that celebration I was humbled and honoured.”
The manager added he is no stranger to the area, having attended matches at Bangor City in the past few years.
Assistant manager Osian Roberts, who was born on Anglesey and once played for Bangor City, will receive an Honorary Fellowship from the university on Wednesday.
Mr Coleman said: “It’s Osian Roberts’ old stomping ground so I’ve been up here quite a few times.
“Bangor City Football Club is one of the most famous football clubs in Wales. I’ve seen many games there and the city itself is a fantastic place.
“It’s the first time my wife has been here and she absolutely loves it.
“The scenery is absolutely incredible and the university itself is stunning. I’m delighted to be here.”
Reflecting on the months since the Euros, he said: “The past year has been different after that type of experience.
“We had no idea really what was going on in Wales while we were in France.
“We were focused on the games and trying to ensure we got the results.
“When we returned home, we found out what had happened, so the last year has been a bit different.
“We’ve been trying to focus on the next stage, which is the World Cup in Russia, but the reception we’ve had since we returned home from France has been absolutely breathtaking.”
Wales kept their hopes of reaching the 2018 World Cup alive and well as they claimed a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Serbia last month.
Mr Coleman said: “Four points behind with four games to play, we’ve got a bit of catching up to do but that’s possible.
“I’m very optimistic and very excited. There’s all to play for.”
Wales’ next matches are against Austria and Moldova in early September.
During graduation week at Bangor, more than 2,700 degrees will be awarded to new graduates and post-graduate students from 96 countries.
Source : DailyPost