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Wales could turn to ex Liverpool forward if Coleman leaves for Palace

Former Manchester City, Liverpool and West Ham player Craig Bellamy could be a front runner for the Wales job if Coleman leaves…

Crystal Palace have still yet to appoint a permanent successor to Ian Holloway. Tony Pulis was an early front-runner and many saw him as the perfect candidate for the job. However Palace are said to be looking elsewhere after it was reported Pulis wanted a salary of £1.5m a year. Coleman would certainly represent a cheaper option.

The current Wales manager played for Palace between 1991 and 1995 making nearly 200 appearances for the club. His current number two Kit Symons is also a former Palace player and would be likely to join him in making the move. The situation at Crystal Palace looks bleak and it would be a monumental achievement if anyone managed to guide them to safety.

Coleman though would relish the opportunity to have another shot at managing in the Premier League. He has of course managed Fulham before in the top flight and led them to a ninth placed finish in his first season. Fulham struggled after that, but it was mainly due to many of their stars including Edwin Van der Sar, Louis Saha, and Steed Malbranque being sold.

Negotiations are believed to be underway between Coleman and the Welsh FA about extending his current contract. It has been unclear as to whether FAW would like Coleman to continue but after a win over Macedonia and an encouraging draw against Belgium it looked likely he would stay on. It is thought the former Real Sociedad manager would like to carry on, but would certainly jump at the chance to manage his former club if the opportunity presented itself.

If Coleman did leave, then it could mean that former favourite for the job Tony Pulis would become a leading contender for the Welsh national side. The former Stoke manager would be an experienced choice compared to other options.

Ryan Giggs has long been seen as an eventual Wales manager. He has apparently already been offered the job before, but with his increased coaching roles at United he may be unwilling to leave right now.

Craig Bellamy has said that he would love to manage Wales and is looking at getting into management relatively soon. It could come sooner than he thinks if certain things occur. Bellamy is such a passionate player on the pitch and he would surely carry on like that as a manager.

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