Chris Coleman insists he is committed to Wales

Wales manager Chris Coleman
Wales manager Chris Coleman

Chris Coleman says he will never walk away from Wales after revealing he has been approached about other managerial jobs.

Coleman’s stock has risen with Wales unbeaten halfway through Euro 2016 qualifying and his team on course for the nation’s first appearance at a major tournament since the 1958 World Cup.

But the former Fulham and Real Sociedad boss has pledged to see out his current contract - and admits he would love to stay beyond that and try to lead Wales to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

“I’ve had one or two phone calls (about other jobs) but nothing to make me say ‘I’m off’,” said Wales manager Coleman.

“Nobody has offered me a contract but I’ve had ‘would you be interested?’

“I’ve been a manager for 13 years and there are so many managers – good managers - out of work and only so many jobs, so when you get offered something it’s hard to say no.

“But I would never walk away from Wales, certainly not halfway through a campaign.

“If you get the opportunity to manage your country, no matter where you’re from, you take it.

“I’m a Welsh boy and to manage Wales, that’s it. To leave on bad terms, to walk away from something, especially Wales, you’d be crazy to do that.

“I wouldn’t do that. I wouldn’t contemplate doing that.”

Coleman has had to endure some tough times since succeeding the late Gary Speed, a friend and former team-mate, in January 2012.

The 44-year-old had to cope with the crushing effects of Speed’s death on his young squad and the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign brought more lows than highs with a 6-1 defeat in Serbia the nadir of his reign.

Indeed, it looked as if Coleman’s contract would not be renewed ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifiers, but he eventually signed a two-year deal and Wales have since lost only once in their last 10 games and climbed to an all-time high of 21st position in the FIFA rankings.

Wales only trail Group B leaders Belgium on goal difference and beating the world’s third-ranked team in Cardiff on June 12 would see Coleman’s side confirmed among the top European seeds for the World Cup draw in July.

“To try and qualify for the World Cup, especially if we’re in the top pot, I’d be stupid to write that off,” said Coleman whose current deal runs parallel to Wales’ Euro 2016 campaign.

“If we qualify for the Euros then I think I’d be crazy not to sit down and have a discussion about the next campaign.

“After all, we’re talking about the World Cup.”

Coleman has managed in Spain and Greece as well as having spells at Fulham and Coventry and admits he would relish working overseas again.

“After Wales – whenever that is – I’d love to work abroad again,” Coleman said.

“Everyone wants to work in the Premier League because of what it is. I’ve worked in the Premier League and I enjoyed it, it’s great.

“But I like new challenges and working abroad was an enjoyable experience.”