Coleman to have Wales talks amid Crystal Palace link

Wales manager Chris Coleman is to discuss his future with the FAW on Friday, BBC Sport has reported, amid suggestions he could take over at Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace.

Palace are currently without a manager following the departure of Ian Holloway in October, with Holloway’s assistant, Keith Millen, in caretaker charge. The Eagles are bottom of the table with three points, having won only one of their 10 games this season and lost the other nine. They face Everton at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Coleman played for Palace before injury forced his retirement in 2002 when contracted to Fulham, later his first managerial post. Coleman spent four years at Palace between 1991 and 1995, leaving the club for Blackburn Rovers. He won his first Wales cap while a Palace player and appeared in almost 150 games for the club.

The 43-year-old became Wales manager in 2012 following the death of Gary Speed and has previously been in charge of Real Sociedad, Coventry City and Greek side Larissa. He has won four of his 15 games as Wales boss, drawing two and losing nine as Wales failed to make an impact in World Cup qualifying.

Coleman’s current contract expires after next week’s friendly with Finland and one of his assistants, John Hartson, left the national team on Thursday. A press conference scheduled for Friday was cancelled, with Coleman instead meeting with officials to discuss a new deal.

An FAW spokesman said: “ We have discussed it with Chris and we have decided to release the squad by email because it would be a worthless exercise holding a press conference when all the questions will be about Chris’s contract and Crystal Palace. We are not hiding anything. Chris will be in Cardiff on Friday.

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