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Chris Coleman only focused on France friendly as new Wales contract looms

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Chris Coleman insists it is "business as usual" for Wales in Paris on Friday even though his own future remains uncertain.

Coleman is expected to commit to a new two-year contract after Wales' friendlies against France and Panama in the next five days.

But as it stands, these two games could mark the end of Coleman's near six-year tenure with his current deal running out at the end of the month.

I don't know how else to approach it, I've only got one way of working with this lot. I wouldn't dare take my foot off the gas because they deserve everything - it's business as usual.

I don't look at these two games and think it's the end. At the end of this camp we'll start to talk again, but as of now I'm working in the same way as I've always worked.

At this level of football, you've got to max out. If it's not enough then it's not enough. But I've got the same focus, hunger and desire to make sure we're competitive as a nation and that hasn't changed.

– Chris Coleman, Wales Manager

Ahead of the clash, Coleman admits he does not want World Cup heartbreak to be his lasting Wales memory.

They missed out on qualification for the competition after a loss against the Republic of Ireland.

He said, ''I've had disappointments before, but that was more embarrassment. This was different. We were trying to achieve something special and we fell at the last hurdle. Do i want that as my lasting memory of a campaign? I dont think it is to be honest.''

Wales begin their post-World Cup rehabilitation against France in Paris on Friday. Gareth Bale remains sidelined with a calf injury.


Chris Coleman backs under-fire Wales captain Ashley Williams

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Chris Coleman has expressed his support for under-fire Wales captain Ashley Williams.

The Everton defender has endured a difficult season at Goodison Park with his form coming under the microscope during the Toffees' struggles.

Williams' mistake last month also led to the Republic of Ireland winner that ended Wales' World Cup hopes, and he was later criticised on social media for failing to acknowledge Welsh fans at the final whistle.

But Wales boss Coleman named Williams in his squad for November friendlies against France and Panama.

There may be a change in his heart where he will want to do two more campaigns but he will want to do one more campaign probably. He is a captain for a reason, he never misses games or training and has a real appetite for football.

"f you play long enough and play enough games you are going to have a bad patch. Your character is what makes you stronger and there is no doubt in my mind he will come through it.

– Chris Coleman, Wales Manager

Swansea City agree deal to take sole control of Liberty Stadium

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Swansea City are set to take sole control of their Liberty Stadium home after agreeing a deal with the council.

The Premier League club and the Ospreys rugby union side have played at the venue since 2005, paying rent to the management company running it.

The new lease will see Swansea pay the authority #300,000 a year for 37 years as well as giving it a cut of stadium sponsorship revenue and make a commitment to build 3G pitches in the city.

Swansea council's cabinet are expected to rubber-stamp the deal, which will see the Ospreys continue to play at the stadium, on November 16.

We've always looked at the big picture.

Under the old agreement, Swansea City did not see any direct revenue from the Liberty Stadium's operations.

The new agreement would allow us to be more active in exploring the likes of stadium expansion, naming rights, sponsorship, catering revenue and enhancing supporters' matchday experiences.

– Chris Pearlman, Swansea City Chief Operating Officer
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