Wales boss Coleman says not interested in Palace job


Wales coach Chris Coleman is not interested in becoming the new manager of former club Crystal Palace.

Coleman, who made over 150 appearances for Palace between 1991 and 1995, has recently been touted as a replacement for the recently departed Sam Allardyce, who quit the role on Tuesday.

"I'm happy to talk about the Palace. But I'm sure Prince Charles is not ready for me to go back just yet!"

Wales manager Coleman said: "He doesn't want to play worldwide football, which is a disappointment from our point of view". That's all I'm thinking about, that's all I care about. All I care about is Wales.

"It would look cowardly because we're going back to Serbia where I got my backside spanked". I can't afford to.

"If we couldn't (qualify) there's a conversation to be had", Coleman said."But until that happens. maybe I'm the only man in Wales who thinks like I do because I'm confident we will qualify". I can not go into a game of football thinking "if we lose" because I've never thought like that.

Wales are struggling in their 2018 World Cup qualifying group - they are third - behind Serbia and the Republic of Ireland.

"I'm looking forward to this game, that's where my mind and my thinking is".

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"I've total belief in my players".

We'll get on with the squad of players, the squad who want to play and represent Wales.

"People will say, 'What can happen here?'".

"We've done it in the past, so why can't we do it again?"

Gareth Bale and Neil Taylor are omitted due to being suspended for the clash, but Coleman has no injury worries as he takes the players through their paces prior to naming the squad that will take on Serbia.

Liverpool duo Harry Wilson and Ben Woodburn are included, as are Exeter City's 16-year-old defender Ethan Ampadu and promising Barnsley winger Marley Watkins.

"Sometimes you have to be patient, especially because the team we have at the moment has been hugely successful", said Coleman. "Can we handle it?"