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Coleman: Wales job is frustrating

March 28, 2013
By ESPN staff

Chris Coleman has cast doubt on his future as Wales boss, revealing he finds the nature of international management frustrating.

Chris Coleman pointing
GettyImagesChris Coleman has hinted a return to club football is his preference

Coleman and Wales had their hopes of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup finals all but ended this week after a 2-1 defeated to Croatia, leaving them 10 points off the pace in Group A.

The former Fulham manager has a contract which runs until after the next World Cup, but Coleman admits the long periods of inactivity with Wales are testing.

"I have no idea if I will be in charge, but I have never once said I had plans to not be here," he said. "I think we can do something exciting with the players we have, but I still get frustrated because for the next four months there is no game and I struggle with that.

"I will be watching some football at the weekend but I will not be involved. I have loved the last 10 days in camp with the players, but now there is nothing for three or four months and I am not sure I will ever get to grips with that to be honest.

"I am not saying I want to walk out, I have not thought about it. The only thing to think about now is that we won't qualify for the World Cup, but can we finish third?

"We have four games left in this campaign and I will speak with the powers-that-be on what they have planned and what I have planned and we will see, but I have not thought about it."

But should Coleman not be offered an extension of his Wales contract, he will not remain in the British game.

Coleman, who has previously managed Real Sociedad in Spain and Larissa in Greece, said: "My next job after Wales will not be in Britain. I like working abroad, I learned more in Spain and Greece tactically because they think differently, I have no aspirations to join a British club.

"If after this campaign I am not the Welsh manager - and I am not saying I don't want to be - I would want to move abroad again as I enjoyed my time there.

"I have been in charge for 14 months, but I have had one or two opportunities to work abroad but I would never do it. I would never jump ship, this is my country."

Captain Ashley Williams, meanwhile, believes it would be "stupid" not to retain Coleman's services, saying: "We definitely want him to stay, obviously I've been saying for a long time that he is doing a great job.

"He came in and took the job in unbelievably tough circumstances, but I think you can see it's getting back to where it was under Gary Speed.

"The last two camps with him have been brilliant, I think that's really pleasing and it would be stupid to change the manager, no one would say they want to see a change."