Tony Pulis critical of Aaron Ramsey comments over Wales manager job

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis
Tony Pulis has said he is not ready to manage Wales at this stage

Aaron Ramsey should keep out of the process to appoint the next Wales manager, says Stoke boss Tony Pulis.

Wales captain Ramsey, 21, is unhappy players have not been consulted by the Football Association of Wales as it seeks a successor to Gary Speed.

"I know Aaron's come out and had one or two things to say - that always worries me," said Pulis.

"I think players are paid to play. His time in management will come further down the line."

Welshman Pulis, 53, has ruled himself out of the running for the vacant Wales job, but has said he would be happy to take charge for the memorial match for Speed against Costa Rica on 29 February.

The FAW has refused to be drawn on whether a new permanent manager will be in place for that match, and has declined to respond to Arsenal midfielder Ramsey's criticisms over the lack of consultation with the players.

Speed's assistants, Raymond Verheijen and Osian Roberts, are keen to stay on and Pulis believes they, rather the captain, should play a prominent role in the search for a new manager.

"I would certainly ask people who have been involved in the set-up for their opinion," Pulis told BBC Radio Wales' The Back Page programme.

"It's an important appointment because it seemed that Gary had got things moving in the right way.

"I know I've mentioned Aaron, and he did seem to get the players playing for him and they did play to a certain way and a system that suited the lads because they got results.

"But Osian, [FAW chief executive] Jonathan Ford and people like that are the ones really who should have a big say in this."

Chris Coleman and John Hartson are the first to publicly reveal their ambitions to take over from Speed, who was found dead at his home in November.

Pulis believes Ryan Giggs is the "outstanding candidate", but Manchester United's indicates Sir Alex Ferguson's desire to keep the former Wales captain at Old Trafford.

"I just hope the FAW get it right," added Pulis. "Further down the line, I think it's everybody's ambition to manage their country.

"It would be a great honour for myself even to be asked to manage my country but it's not right for me at this present time.

"I've got a lot of learning to do, I'm nowhere near ready to take on that yet. There's a lot, lot more to come from me hopefully."

The Back Page, BBC Radio Wales, Saturday, 14 January at 0830 GMT

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