Coleman: I won’t desert Wales

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 1:19

Coleman: I won't desert Wales

Coleman has been doing a fine job with Wales and they are still unbeaten halfway through Euro 2016 qualifying, and are on course to appear at a major tournament for the first time since the 1958 World Cup.
The work of the former Fulham and Real Sociedad boss has apparently not gone unnoticed but he says there is no chance of him walking away at this juncture.
“I’ve had one or two phone calls but nothing to make me say ‘I’m off,” Coleman said.
“Nobody has offered me a contract but I’ve had ‘would you be interested?’
“I’ve been a manager for 13 years and there are so many managers – good managers – out of work and only so many jobs, so when you get offered something it’s hard to say no.
“But I would never walk away from Wales, certainly not halfway through a campaign.
“If you get the opportunity to manage your country, no matter where you’re from, you take it.
“I’m a Welsh boy and, to manage Wales, that’s it. To leave on bad terms, to walk away from something, especially Wales, you’d be crazy to do that.
“I wouldn’t do that, I wouldn’t contemplate doing that.”
Coleman’s two-year contract runs parallel to the Euro 2016 campaign but he says he is very open to the idea of staying beyond that and trying to mastermind qualification for the 2018 World Cup.
Such has been Wales’ improvement that they are now 21st in the FIFA rankings and would be in the top group of European seeds for the World Cup draw if they can beat Belgium in Cardiff on June 12.
“To try and qualify for the World Cup, especially if we’re in the top pot, I’d be stupid to write that off,” Coleman added.
“If we qualify for the Euros then I think I’d be crazy not to sit down and have a discussion about the next campaign.
“After all, we’re talking about the World Cup.”
Coleman has previously worked in Spain and Greece and thinks his long term future may lie overseas.
“After Wales – whenever that is – I’d love to work abroad again,” he added.
“Everyone wants to work in the Premier League because of what it is. I’ve worked in the Premier League and I enjoyed it, it’s great.
“But I like new challenges and working abroad was an enjoyable experience.”

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