Welsh FA is calm over Wales manager Chris Coleman being linked to Swansea job

The Football Association of Wales is relaxed over reports that Swansea are weighing up a move for national team manager Chris Coleman, Press Association Sport understands. Coleman has emerged as Swansea's top target as they seek to fill the gap left by Bob Bradley's dismissal on Tuesday evening. The Premier League club could make an official approach for Coleman - who was born in the city and played nearly 200 games for the club at the start of his career - in the next 24 hours. Press Association Sport understands that leading FAW figures discussed the mounting speculation over Coleman's future on Wednesday evening b ut they believe it is far from a done deal if Swansea come calling for a man who guided Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 last summer. Coleman was willing to speak to Hull over their managerial vacancy at the start of the season b ut the FAW blocked the move and the former Fulham and Real Sociedad boss later said he would not walk away from Wales in the middle of the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign. However, the financial incentives are obvious as Swansea would significantly improve upon Coleman's current salary of around £500,000 per year. There is also the apparent draw of the 46-year-old managing at his home town club where he played between 1987 and 1991. But FAW power-brokers believe that is actually a negative factor, and Coleman has said previously that he would never manage Swansea. "Of course Swansea City is in my heart," Coleman told BBC Wales in 2009. "It's my home town club, I had five years there and it was fantastic playing for your home town and I'm very proud of Swansea City. "But I've seen, when it goes wrong when you're a manager it's your home town club and that's where your family's from; it's not nice and I wouldn't put my family underneath that pressure. "I'm all right, I can handle it. I've not lived in Swansea for the best part of 20 years. "But my family will never leave Swansea." Swansea are keen to make a swift appointment after sacking Bradley just 85 days after the American was appointed. And Coleman's current employment status could provide obstacles compared to candidates out of work at the moment. Former Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs heads up that list, although he was overlooked for the job in October when Bradley was appointed to succeed Francesco Guidolin. Giggs subsequently criticised the Swansea board saying he has received "mixed messages" and that the club's ambitions did not meet his own. Former Birmingham boss Gary Rowett is also being considered, while Alan Pardew, Roy Hodgson and Nigel Pearson could make the short-list. Harry Redknapp, the former Tottenham and West Ham manager, has already expressed his interest in the job. Swansea are currently 19th in the Premier League four points from safety. First-team coaches Alan Curtis and Paul Williams are expected to be in charge for Saturday's home game against Bournemouth.

Source: PA