November 14, 2017 / 6:34 AM / in a year

Wales manager Coleman wants future sorted out quickly

(Reuters) - Wales manager Chris Coleman hopes to complete his contract negotiations by the end of the month but will not hold any ill feelings towards the country’s football association if they choose to go in a different direction.

Soccer Football - Wales Press Conference - Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Britain - November 13, 2017 Wales manager Chris Coleman during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

Coleman’s contract expires at the end of November and although the 47-year-old expects to hold talks with the Football Association of Wales (FAW), Tuesday’s international friendly against Panama could be his final game in charge.

Euro 2016 semi-finalists Wales failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup finals in Russia and Coleman acknowledged the FAW could opt for a change of guard.

“None of us gain anything by it dragging. So yes, if its sorted by then, great,” he told British media. “It’s impossible to say this is going to be sorted out. I don’t know and they don’t know until we resume talks whenever that is going to be.

“I have a support group around me that are integral in how I see us going to the next step. They (FAW) know the situation. They know my stance - how I want to work, who I want to work with, how I want it to go.

“But they may not see it that way. That’s okay. There won’t be any bad feeling, because the experiences we have had and where we have taken it that will never be spoilt.”

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by Sudipto Ganguly

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