Manager Chris Coleman committed to finish Wales job

Chris Coleman

Manager Chris Coleman says he is not thinking of leaving his position with Wales and expects to honour his contract.

Coleman has a contract with the Football Association of Wales until the summer of 2014.

He hinted at how difficult he found managing the time between games after Wales' 2-1 defeat to Croatia at the Liberty Stadium in March.

"I am not even a year and a half into my contract," said Coleman.

"I am halfway through my current deal and I wouldn't expect (talks) to start.

"I have said openly and publicly it is difficult for someone who has been a domestic manager to then be an international manager for the obvious reasons," said Coleman.

"I was not trying to hint at anything. I have a struggle with the time in between games - it is difficult.

"That's not to say I was thinking about leaving or anything like that."

Coleman succeeded Gary Speed after his death in November 2011, to lead Wales in their Euro 2016 campaign.

He took over as Wales manager from close friend Speed, who was found hanged in the garage at his home near Chester in November 2011 at the age of 42.

Wales lost their first four games under Coleman, including a 6-1 away defeat to Serbia in the current World Cup qualifying campaign, and have given up on qualifying for the finals in Brazil.

But recent performances and results have improved, and they were 13 minutes away from beating joint group leaders Croatia before conceding two late goals.

Terry Yorath, a former Wales manager, has said that Coleman deserves a new contract to take his side forward to the next qualifying campaign.

"We have four games left in these qualifiers and we need to try and finish as high as we can," said Coleman.

"I was just saying what everybody knew already.

"I have to sit down with the powers at be and discuss the best way forward, but the most important thing is that Wales qualify one day.

"If I am the right man for the job for the next qualifying campaign that will be great, but if not and that decision is made by someone else then so be it."

Meanwhile, FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford said the governing body was in no rush to sit down with Coleman and discuss a new contract.

"There are very many conversations still to be had," said Ford.

"I'm sure Chris would want a conversation with us as well. We still have four matches to go. We have Ireland at home in a friendly and then four more qualifiers.

"Lets not jump the gun to soon. I think everybody thinks we are doing the right thing now and ultimately everybody is behind Chris Coleman."

*See the whole interview with Wales football manager Chris Coleman on Sport Wales on demand on the BBC iPlayer, available until Friday, 3 May.

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