Sidelined by the latest in a succession of calf injuries, Bale could only watch forlornly from the stands at Cardiff City Stadium on Monday as Ireland's 1-0 win gave them a World Cup play-off berth at Wales's expense.
Chris Coleman's side knew that only a win over the Republic of Ireland this evening would give them a chance of reaching the finals in Russian Federation.
"He's been a massive part of what we've done and he is the man to take us forward hopefully". "Of course we want him to stay".
He was the undisputed figurehead of Wales's successful qualifying campaign for Euro 2016 and then starred with three goals as Chris Coleman's side confounded every expectation by reaching the semi-finals in France.
The squad have given their unanimous support to Coleman and it is also understood the Football Association of Wales want him to stay on.
"If the powers that be can give him a really good contract and make him stay he can carry on being the greatest Welsh manager of all time".
Wales are planning a home friendly in November, with Mexico and the United States among their potential opponents.
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"There's a chance I can and a chance I won't", Coleman said when asked if it was possible he could continue in a job he has held since January 2012.
"But I'm sure the message would be from the whole squad that we want him to sign a new contract".
Cookie, 47, insisted he would leave his post at the end of this campaign and his contract runs out next month.
"Right now, I'm thinking about what we've just experienced". I'll go back to my family and take a bit of time.
"What we've got in the dressing room the opportunity is there for Chris or whoever else to take this team onwards, " Roberts said. "But our players have done brilliantly and we've got to learn from it".
It was not to be for the Dragons, though, as James McClean struck in the 57th minute to send Ireland through to the playoffs.