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Coleman's future as Wales manager still unconfirmed

Coleman wasn't able to take Wales to the World Cup next year. Credit: PA

Chris Coleman says he has "no idea" if he will continue as Wales manager after holding initial talks about staying in the job.

Coleman's current contract ends at the end of November after this month's friendlies against France and Panama.

The 47-year-old's position has been under scrutiny since last month's defeat to the Republic of Ireland cost them a place at the 2018 World Cup next summer.

"I have no idea if these are my last games," Coleman told a press conference near Cardiff.

"Initial talks have been undertaken since our last game, but we are no further forward. That's where we are."

A players' delegation - including star man Gareth Bale and skipper Ashley Williams - met Coleman straight after the defeat to Ireland in attempt to persuade him to stay.

"France in Paris is a fantastic game for us and if this is my last camp it's not a bad way to sign off," Coleman said.

"I have to look and think, 'Can I take it forward? Is the structure and facilities good to take us forward?' So it's not just me personally.

"To maintain that or take it on, the next step is even tougher and it means we need to do things a bit differently. Maybe not all parties will agree but that's my take."


Coleman and Ranieri on FIFA coach of the year shortlist

Chris Coleman (right) guided Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016. Credit: PA

Chris Coleman and Claudio Ranieri have been included on the 10-man shortlist for the FIFA men's coach-of-the-year award.

Coleman guided Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 in the summer, while Ranieri oversaw Leicester City's shock surge to the Premier League title last season.

As well as the Foxes' Italian boss, the other names from the English top-flight on the list are Manchester City's Pep Guardiola, Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp and Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino.

Making up the rest of the shortlist are Fernando Santos, Didier Deschamps, Zinedine Zidane, Diego Simeone and Luis Enrique.

Wales boss: Remove football money stealers permanently

Wales manager Chris Coleman has said anyone caught taking bungs in football needs to be "permanently" kicked out of the sport.

"Whether you're on £50,000-a-year or £50,000-a-week, you're stealing money," he told reporters in response to questions over the Daily Telegraph's corruption investigation.

The former Fulham and Coventry boss said he had never been offered a bribe but said corruption in the sport means everyone is "tarnished with the same brush".

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