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12 Nov 2013 00:16:52

Coleman looks likely to stay

Chris Coleman looks increasingly likely to remain in charge of Wales as ongoing talks over a new contract progress positively.

Press Association Sport understands that discussions with the Football Association of Wales (FAW) over a deal to take Coleman through to the end of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign have been constructive.

It is understood Coleman has indicated to FAW chiefs he wants to take Wales forward, and they believe he represents a safe pair of hands.

The 43-year-old, who took over following the death of Gary Speed, had been linked with the managerial vacancy at Crystal Palace but has appeared to fall down the pecking order for the Selhurst Park job.

Saturday's friendly against Finland had at one point looked almost certain to be Coleman's final match in charge of his country after his relationship with the FAW took a turn for the worse.

A contract extension had been verbally agreed prior to the September fixtures against Macedonia and Serbia, but when Coleman lost his passport and missed the final preparations for the defeat in Skopje, matters went downhill quickly.

A heavy defeat to Serbia saw the FAW opt to wait until the end of the disappointing 2014 World Cup campaign before making a final decision over Coleman's contract, something the manager felt represented "short-termism", and led him to openly question whether he himself would want to sign the deal.

Craig Bellamy then emerged as a contender to take over from Coleman, while the ex-Fulham boss was also asked to consider changing his backroom staff, which he was firmly opposed to, although John Hartson has recently stood down from his coaching role.

But October's creditable home win over Macedonia and draw in Belgium with a squad decimated by injury kept Wales off the foot of Group A and looks as though it may have been enough to prompt Coleman and the FAW to resolve their differences.


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