'Cowardly' to leave Wales for Crystal Palace manager position - Coleman

May 26, 2017, 12:50
'Cowardly' to leave Wales for Crystal Palace manager position - Coleman

"I don't think about after Serbia, I can't afford to think past one game".

The 62-year-old said he has "no ambitions" for a return to management as he outlined plans to travel and spend more time with his family.

"All I'm thinking about is Serbia. All I care about now is Wales".

"It's about making sure we perform like we have been doing".

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"There is a little bit of spice to me because of what happened there previously, but it is a game I am really looking forward to".

"I can't control what's said about me outside of Wales, I only care about Wales and preparing properly". Coleman reiterated that he would sit down with his Football Association of Wales employers if his team were eliminated in the race for World Cup qualification.

"Lots of things are being said on the back of comments I made at the start of the campaign when I signed a new contract, but honestly all I think about is Wales".

We'll get on with the squad of players, the squad who want to play and represent Wales.

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"We went to Belgium once (in 2013) with no Gareth Bale, no Ashley Williams, no Joe Allen - and we got a result".

Real Madrid forward Bale will be absent in Belgrade as he serves a one-match ban.

Wales now sit four points behind Serbia and Republic of Ireland, meaning they will need a result from their trip to Belgrade to preserve their qualification hopes.

Liverpool duo Harry Wilson and Ben Woodburn are included, as are Exeter City's 16-year-old defender Ethan Ampadu and promising Barnsley winger Marley Watkins.

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Speaking of Bale's absence at today's squad announcement, Chris Coleman said: "It would be great to have him, but we've known for some time we're not going to have him".