WALES KEEN TO KEEP COLEMAN

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The Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion of Wales (FAW) is re­laxed over re­ports that Swansea City are weigh­ing up a move for Chris Coleman, the na­tional team man­ager. Coleman has emerged as Swansea’s top tar­get as they seek to fill the gap left by Bob Bradley’s dis­missal. 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. It has been re­ported that lead­ing FAW fig­ures dis­cussed the mount­ing spec­u­la­tion over Coleman’s fu­ture on Wed­nes­day but 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 City over a va­cancy at the start of the sea­son but FAW blocked the move. The for­mer Ful­ham and Real So­ciedad man­ager later said he would not walk away from Wales in the mid­dle of the 2018 World Cup qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign.

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