Chris Coleman dismisses talk of Crystal Palace return following Allardyce’s exit

first_img1 Chris Coleman has expressed determination to lead Wales to the 2018 World Cup after dismissing talk of him becoming Crystal Palace’s next manager.Sam Allardyce’s shock departure as Palace boss on Tuesday inevitably led to Coleman being linked once again with his former club.Wales manager Coleman made 190 appearances for the Eagles between 1991 and 1995 and has been linked with Palace in the past when the manager’s job has become vacant.“I’d love to go back to the Palace,” Coleman said, jokingly referring to receiving his OBE at Buckingham Palace last week.“I had a good time at the Palace. But I’m sure Prince Charles is not ready for me to go back just yet!”However, Coleman did state he would sit down with his Football Association of Wales employers if his team were eliminated in the race for World Cup qualification.Wales are four points behind Serbia and the Republic of Ireland at the halfway stage, but a runner-up spot will be good enough for them to contest a November play-off.“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 know it’s a huge task for us, but I’ve still got the same excitement to do the job, the same belief in the players and the team.“We’re four points behind and we haven’t got our best player (Bale) in Serbia.“People will say, ‘What can happen here?’. I tell you what can happen, we can go there and get a result.“We’ve done it in the past, so why can’t we do it again?” Chris Coleman: Could he become Crystal Palace manager? last_img read more

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